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Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage

 
 
Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
1. Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Marker
Inscription. The original brick dwelling was completed in July 1825: a two story cottage with two rooms on each floor. The lower floor was dirt and the upper floor had only one small window on each end. The kitchen was attched to the back. The first lighthouse keeper, John Dubose, wrote of constantly making improvements with his sons' help.

In the 1830s, the government added four dormer windows. In 1835, a major hurricane damaged the cottage. In 1836, the cottage was burned to the ground in the Seminole attack. Reason Duke supervised the rebuilding of the cottage, completed in 1846. Six families of lighthouse keepers occupied the cottage in turn until 1878, when it was abandoned.

By the 1920s, shoreline erosion had washed the cottage away. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area opened January 1, 1967. A replica of the keeper's quarters from the time when the men of the Frow and Pent families served as keepers was built by the State of Florida in 1969. This is the cottage which you see today.
 
Erected by Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area.
 
Location. 25° 39.977′ N, 80° 9.377′ W. Marker is in Key Biscayne, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is on Cape Florida
Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
2. Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage
Park Boulevard south of Crandon Boulevard. Click for map. The cottage is south of the lighthouse on the oceanfront trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1220 S. Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne FL 33149, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U.S. Coast Survey Base Marker (a few steps from this marker); Let It Shine (within shouting distance of this marker); Escaping to Freedom in the Bahamas (within shouting distance of this marker); Key Biscayne, The Barrier Island (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Homes That Hover (about 700 feet away); Virginia Key Beach Park (approx. 4.8 miles away); Vizcaya (approx. 6.4 miles away); Dinner Key (approx. 6.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Key Biscayne.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Seminole Wars. (Submitted on January 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
2. Cape Florida Lighthouse, Florida. A history of the lighthouse published by the Lighthouse Friends. (Submitted on January 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.) 

3. How Lighthouses Work. (Submitted on January 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
4. . (Submitted on January 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWars, US IndianWaterways & Vessels
 
Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
3. Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage
Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
4. Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Marker
Cistern marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
5. Cistern marker
This structure is a replica of the brick cistern built for the lighthouse keeper's cottage in 1856. The cistern was used to store rainwater because freshwater was scarce on the island. The water drained from the cottage roof gutters, through the downspouts, and into the cistern. Buckets of water were filled from the cistern as needed for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing chores.
Cottage cistern image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
6. Cottage cistern
Cottage Outhouse image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
7. Cottage Outhouse
Lighthouse Keepers' Tropical Garden image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
8. Lighthouse Keepers' Tropical Garden
This marker was erected by the Villagers Incorporated in 1997.
Cape Florida Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
9. Cape Florida Lighthouse
View of Atlantic Ocean from Keeper's Cottage image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
10. View of Atlantic Ocean from Keeper's Cottage
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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