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Ernest Hemingway House

Ernest Hemingway House paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 08/04/2017
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The house was built in 1851 by Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker, and became Ernest Hemingway’s home in 1931.

907 Whitehead St
Key West , FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-1136
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 24.5512044
Lon: -81.80061549999999

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 2
Claims: 4
Evidence: 0
Resources: 15
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The house was built in 1851 by Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker, and became Ernest Hemingway's home in 1931. The house still contains the furniture that he and his family used. The cats about the home and grounds are descendants of the cats he kept while he lived in the house, including many extra-toed (polydactyls), like the one Papa Hemingway loved.

In the living room of the house there are some of the furnishings that Papa's wife Pauline collected while she lived in Paris and had shipped to Key West when she and Papa bought the house. Her chandelier collection, for example, replaced all the old ceiling fans. Her chest-on-chest is a 17th century Spanish, made of Circassian walnut. When traveling, wealthy Spaniards could take their papers and valuables with them safely stored in its removable and lockable top. Pauline used the chest as a writing desk. Papa himself loved art and on the far wall of the living room you can see a view of St. Paul's Church painted by local artist Eugene Otto that was a part of Papa's collection. A large lithograph shows Gregorio Fuentes; Fuentes was the cook and mate on Papa's fishing boat Pilar for more than 20 years, and became a good friend. In the room across the hall from the living room the is a red leather Cardinal's chair by the door - it is reported to have been used as a prop in the Broadway production of The Fifth Column, Hemingway's only full-length play.

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

The entities of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway still reside here.

Ernest Hemingway's entity has chosen to stay earth-bound, and make this lovely Key West house his after-life home.

Ernest likes to stay in his writing workroom, where he wrote some of his best work.

SEFGR recorded some interesting evidence in his writing workroom in the loft. His apparition has been seen moving around the house as well.

Neighbors have seen his figure, around midnight, looking out a second floor window.

His entity is an affable fellow, and has been known to wave at people walking by.

The entity Pauline has been seen by Tour Guides and guests. Her gray apparition has been seen at the top of central staircase. While alive, she liked to watch out the window there, and see her husband Ernest, writing in his loft, and see her boys playing outside.

Pauline is still helping Ernest - The sound of a typewriter can be heard by the living. Perhaps she is still trying to help Ernest, keeping her connection to him.

Added by: sdonley on 07/27/2019 DB#:1417

Given the Hemingway's love of Key West, it is not surprising that many people believe that the couple's spirits still inhabit their beloved home and grounds there. It is purported that Hemingway often quipped to his friends in Key West that it was there, in that house, that he would be spending his afterlife. Many believe he is.

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2835 07/27/2019 sdonley The apparition of Ernest Hemingway has been reported throughout the house.
2836 07/27/2019 sdonley The apparition of Pauline Hemingway has been reported throughout the house.
2837 07/27/2019 sdonley The sound of a typewriter has been heard by the living.
2838 07/27/2019 sdonley People have reported seeing the spirit of Pauline standing outside of the gate smoking a cigarette.

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Wikipedia Entry
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The Florida Keys: Hemingway House & Museum in Key West | VISIT FLORIDA
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Writers have always loved the Keys, none more famous than Ernest Hemingway, who bought a beautiful Spanish colonial home at 907 Whitehead Street in 1931 and stayed eight years. The Hemingway House & Museum is a major tourist destination. I always go.
12 Ways to Find Ernest Hemingway in Key West Florida
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The Many Homes of Ernest Hemingway
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Article mentioning this location.
A Brief History Of The Ernest Hemingway House In Key West
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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
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Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum Key West, Florida - Atlas Obscura
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Discover Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Florida: The former home of the Nobel Prize-winning American writer is now home to dozens of six-toed cats.
Ernest Hemingway House
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Old Town Trolley Tours information.
Ernest Hemingway's House In Key West Has Charm, Cats And A Urinal Fountain
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Ernest Hemingway's Haunted Key West Home | Exemplore
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Given the Hemingway's love of Key West and their beautiful home there, it is not surprising that many people have reported seeing the couple's ghosts— individually and together—in the building and around the grounds of their former tropical estate.
Haunted Hemingway House
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Key West Paranormal - Hemingway House was the home to legendary author Ernest Hemingway who committed suicide in 1961. His estate now houses approximately 60 cats, many with 6 or 7 toes, and his ghost can still be seen moving about the grounds.
Ernest Hemingway And Key West Are Eternally Bound Together
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Information about the location on the website.
Ghosts & Gravestones Tour
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Information about the haunting.

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