Monday, April 12, 2021

John James Audubon House and Tropical Gardens

 Not all "Landmarks and Legends" are in Texas... I know that's hard to believe, but there are some other pretty cool places around this beautiful country of ours.
This one is one of my favorites!  In March 2011, my husband and I took a quick weekend trip to visit Key West!   Last summer I posted a series photos from favorite vacations on Instagram, and when I posted this from that trip, Chuck said I should paint it...  so I did!!

The Audubon House Museum and Tropical Gardens has a surprising history.
Contrary to popular belief, it was NOT the home of John James Audubon as you'd imagine.  A previous house and gardens was on this property and while on a visit to the Keys in 1832 J.J. Audubon was inspired to complete his "Birds of America" series using much of the landscaping and cuttings as backgrounds in his paintings from that property.  That house was destroyed in a hurricane and this house was built around 1846 by Captain John Huling Geiger, Key West's first harbor pilot.  He raised his kids here and continued to develop the beautiful tropical gardens.   The house was passed down through many generations and in 1960 it was restored and opened as a museum commemorating Audubon's 1932 visit to Key West and to showcase his amazing portfolio.

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