Take a stroll through a historic stretch of Islamorada and learn some amazing Florida Keys history. From the beginnings of the Overseas Highway to the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane that toppled Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad, Walk Historic Islamorada tells a surprising array of stories that have impacted the local history. The ten-stop tour launches from the iconic Green Turtle Inn. What follows is an approximately one mile journey revealing stories of early pioneers, the most powerful hurricane to ever strike North America and the hurricane or Red Cross Houses built for survivors, the memorial built to honor the hundreds of victims, and one of the few bona fide pirate stories connected to the island chain. The tour ends at the Pioneer Cemetery located on the picturesque beach of the Cheeca Lodge, at one time the heart of this historic community.
Visit the Keys History & Discovery Center at MM82 to learn more fascinating local history. Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday 10am-5pm.