The Key West Lighthouse is located in Key West, Florida. The first Key West lighthouse was a 65-foot tower completed in 1825. It had 15 lamps in 15-inch reflectors. The first keeper, Michael Mabrity, died in 1832, and his widow, Barbara, became the lighthouse keeper, serving for 32 years. The Great Havana Hurricane of 1846 destroyed the lighthouse; the USS Morris, which was wrecked during the storm, reported "a white sand beach covers the spot where Key West Lighthouse stood". Barbara Mabrity survived, but fourteen people who had sought refuge in the lighthouse tower died, including seven members of her family. Barbara Mabrity continued to serve as keeper of the Key West Light until the early 1860s, when she was fired at age 82 for making statements against the Union.
As both lighthouses serving Key West had been destroyed in the 1846 hurricane, a ship, the Honey, was acquired and outfitted as a lightship to serve as the Sand Key Light until new lighthouses could be built.
Open daily: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Children (age 6 and up): $5
Children under 6: free
Students with ID: $5
Seniors (62+): $9
Official Website http://www.kwahs.com/lighthouse.htm
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Phone +1 305 294 0012
Address 938 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Coordinates 24°33'1.62" N -81°48'3.07" E