Tucked away on the edge of Bahama Village, near Hemingway House, is the Key West lighthouse. It’s an historical lighthouse, built in 1847 and together with the lighthouse keeper’s house, makes a fun Key West attraction for anyone who wants to learn about the history of Key West or who loves lighthouses. It replaced an older tower that was built in 1825 to help ships navigate the dangerous reefs off Key West. The original was 46 feet high. In 1894 it was extended to 86 feet tall.
Visitors can climb all the way to the top of the lighthouse on a circular stairway for a great view of Key West if they reach the top. Many of the old features of the lighthouse have been restored, including pipes that carried acetylene gas for the lights. Originally, the lighthouse was lit by oil lamps – 15 of them. It was electrified in the 1920s.
The Key West lighthouse was operational until 1969 and made a museum twenty years later. The keeper’s quarters are also restored and open to the public.