One of the great things about houses is that they are more than just some materials and an architectural style. Houses have histories and take on the personalities of the people who lived there.
Some historical homes are ridiculously opulent villas with grand columns and acres of pristine gardens, while others are modest sites of historical significance. And others may even house a noisy ghost or two.
There is a wealth of fascinating history all around you only a short drive away. Visit a few of these amazing historic homes and immerse yourself in Florida history:
- Ernest Hemingway Home, Key West: Wander through the colorful rooms of an American literary icon and examine antiques he collected on his world travels.
- Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, Key West: A museum of famous ornithologist John James Audubon, this green-shuttered house boasts antiques, orchids, and loads of Key West history.
- Florida Pioneer Museum, Homestead: A railway agent’s home was transformed into a museum with a 100-year old station and antique train car.
- Villa Vizcaya, Miami: This European-inspired estate now houses a museum of art and antiques and is a National Historic Landmark.
- The Oldest House Museum Complex, St. Augustine: While it’s debatable that this house purportedly built in the 16th century is actually the oldest in America, you can explore the history of Spanish, British and American occupation.
- Dow Museum of Historic Houses, St. Augustine: Stoll around this outdoor museum with homes built between 1790 and 1910.
- Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami: This 1920s estate of a Chicago industrialist and early preservationist is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Whitehall, Palm Beach: A magnificent masterpiece of architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, this stunning mansion includes painted ceilings, bronze doors, and a double staircase.
- Ely-Criglar House, Marianna: This historic town offers many attractions including caverns and Civil War battle fields. Don’t forget to stop at this Victorian home built in 1840.
- Russ House, Marianna: Another must-see stop in Marianna is this beautiful old home (built in 1895) that is reportedly haunted by its long dead owner.
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