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Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Presents our Insider's Tour: Key West

Join us Sept. 15-17, 2022

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation are planning an unforgettable weekend exploring Key West, one of Florida’s most iconic historic places, September 15-17, 2022!

​Our special behind-the-scenes tour includes access to some of the historic places that make up the Conch Republic.


See famous Mallory Square from the water as we enjoy a special sunset cruise aboard the historic schooner the Spirit of Independence (the Spirit of Independence harbors at the Historic Key West Sea Port, which won a Florida Preservation Award in 2018) and taste the first legal rum distilled in Key West.


The Insider’s Tour: Key West will immerse visitors in Key West’s unique culture, sending them walking through the historic neighborhoods, touring private homes and talking to locals. Begin your days with café con leche and guava toast. Spot iguanas, gypsy chickens and manatees at the Sea Port and enjoy the tastes of this amazing city.

The Insider’s Tour: Key West is September 15-17, 2022, and the tour kick's off with a welcome reception, two full days of touring including lunch and a closing dinner.  This will leave Sunday for a day of exploring on your own. Registration is only $300 for a Florida Trust Members and $350 for guests. This tour has been approved for 10 hours of continuing education credits for AIA and APA.  

We have secured a block of hotel rooms at the one-of-a-kind Kimpton Key West Winslow’s Bungalows, a lush, landscaped campus in the heart of Old Town. Named for famous painter and summer resident Winslow Homer, this expansive haven boasts three private pools, an outdoor bar and vibrant gardens. When you make your reservation mention the Florida Trust to get our discounted room rate, which includes Complimentary Continental breakfast and complimentary parking and Wi-Fi. Reservations can be made by calling (855) 546-7866. Be sure to let them know you are with the Florida Trust for our special room rate.

Some Tour Highlights Include:

  • Experience the historic Key West Sea Port and enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise on the historic schooner the Spirit of Independence.

  • Tour some of Key West’s most interesting private homes and neighborhoods. Learn how the preservation community created innovative solutions for the island’s preservation challenges.

  • During Prohibition, Key West played an important role in the rum-running trade as a stop for smuggling Caribbean rum into Florida speakeasies. We will tour the first legal distillery in Key West, aptly named Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, and enjoy a happy hour event at the 117-year-old distillery building.  

  • Experience behind-the-scenes special tours of the Key West Light House, completed in 1825, the historic Custom House Museum, built in 1891 and the Mel Fischer Maritime Museum, a nationally recognized research and archaeology institution that will share exciting finds from shipwreck sites that provide insight into the maritime past.


Many thanks to our sponsors who are helping us make this event possible: Key West Historic Sea Port, Mel Fischer Maritime Museum, Key West Art & Historical Society, Spirit of Independence, Adept Strategy & Public Relations, Bender & Associates Architects, Old Town Trolley and Spirit of Independence. Please reach out to Dafni Kirkpatrick at if you would like to learn more about the event or become a sponsor.

Space is limited.

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