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Audubon House and Tropical Gardens

Audubon House and Tropical Gardens paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 08/04/2017
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The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens has brick-pathed gardens that offer a lush 1-acre view of orchids, bromeliads, and other tropical foliage, an herb garden and 1840-style nursery.

205 Whitehead St
Key West , FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-2116
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 24.5583243
Lon: -81.80608130000002

Database Summary:

Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 5
Evidence: 0
Resources: 1
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Vistor Rating: 0.0
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History information is some background and history about the location. This is meant to be a basic summary. Below the history records you will find sources in which you can click on to find out more information. There may be multiple history records per location.

Built in the mid 1800s, the home was originally built by Captain John Huling Geiger, who was Key West's first harbor pilot. Captain Geiger raised many children in the house, and planted beautiful tropical vegetation on the property. It was the beautiful plants which drew Audubon to it during his visit in 1832. Audubon took cuttings from the plants growing on the property, and used them as backgrounds in many works, including the White crowned Pigeon, which has the "Geiger tree" in the background.

Added by: sdonley on 08/01/2019 DB#:493


Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

At the beautiful Audubon House museum, repeated sightings have been reported of two Key West ghosts. Captain Geiger, a well known wrecker, and that of a young girl, possibly Hannah, who died here.

Captain Geiger has been witnessed on the balcony of his home looking out to sea, and he's also been seen on the grounds, perhaps guarding his buried fortune. A presence is also felt in the gallery, and footsteps are frequently heard on the stairs.

One of the most unsettling events on this property focuses on the portrait of Hannah, commissioned shortly after her death by her parents. The portrait possesses a certain sadness that many visitors to the museum found disturbing. So upsetting was the portrait, that eventually the oilogram was relocated to a more isolated corner of what was the Children's Room.

After the picture had been relocated, one of the manager's reported hearing the unmistakable sound of children talking and laughing.

Added by: sdonley on 08/01/2019 DB#:1484

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3036 08/01/2019 sdonley The apparition of the captain has been seen on the balcony and on the grounds of the house.
3037 08/01/2019 sdonley Footsteps are often heard on the stairs.
3038 08/01/2019 sdonley The presence of the Captain has been felt in the gallery.
3039 08/01/2019 sdonley People have experienced sadness around the painting of Hannah.
3040 08/01/2019 sdonley Children are often heard talking and laughing in the children's room.

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Added: 08/04/2017 By: sdonley
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