Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage
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 Touch 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. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Wars, US Indian • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on January 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.