Amusing anecdotes spice up the guided tours of Ernest Hemingway's home, built in 1801 by the town's most successful wrecker. While living here between 1931 and 1942, Hemingway wrote about 70% of his life's work, including classics like For Whom the Bell Tolls. Few of his belongings remain aside from some books, and there's little about his actual work, but photographs help you visualize his day-to-day life. The famous six-toed descendants of Hemingway's cats—many
named for actors, artists, authors, and even a hurricane—have free rein of the property. Tours begin every 10 minutes and take 30 minutes; then you're free to explore on your own. Be sure to find out why there is a urinal in the garden!
Nov 19, 2005
The site really personifies who Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest American writers of all time, was by telling stories about his life in Key West. The site is quintessential Key West because it's very eccletic and relaxed. I loved it because it gave me insight into what Old Key West was.
Jun 4, 2003
A visit to the Hemingway House is interesting whether you're a fan of Hemingway, Key West History or just a tourist looking for something to do. The guided tours, which are included in your admission, are well worth your time and offer insights and anedotes into the Hemingways, the House and the town. The admission price is a little steep when you consider that the whole experience only takes about an hour but I still contend that it's worth it!