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Key West Cemetery

Key West Cemetery paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 08/04/2017
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The Key West Cemetery is a 19-acre cemetery located at the foot of Solares Hill on the island of Key West, Florida with well over 100,000 interred.

701 Pauline St
Key West , FL 33040
Phone: (305) 292-8177
Open to the public: Yes


Lat: 24.5560007
Lon: -81.7956072

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 6
Evidence: 0
Resources: 1
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The Key West Cemetery at 701 Passover Lane consists of 19-acres at the foot of Solares Hill on the island of Key West. It is located in the northeast section of Old Town, and it is estimated that as many as 100,000 people are buried there with gravestones dating back to the mid 1800's. This cemetery is still active with up to 100 new burials each year, contains people of all races and nationalities, and includes separate plots dedicated to Catholics, Protestants, Jewish and the Navy.

The original burial ground was located near the coastal sand dunes of Whitehead Point (near present day Higgs Beach and the West Martello Tower). However graves were washed away and disinterred bodies and caskets were scattered throughout the island following the Great Havana Hurricane of 1846. This Category 5 hurricane struck Cuba then curved toward Florida maintaining its intensity when it struck Key West.

To prevent future flooding in 1847 the Key West (City) Cemetery was established at its current location on Solares Hill which is in the center of Old Town and the highest natural elevation on the island rising 18 feet above sea level at its highest point. This cemetery is bounded by Angela, Margaret, Frances and Olivia Streets with the entrance being on Passover Lane.

Many lives were taken by the great fire of 1886, the Yellow Fever epidemic that swept across the island in 1887 and 1888, and some by war including the Battleship Maine disaster of 1898. Many were killed in the numerous hurricanes that hit the island and several souls interred here met their fate at the end of the hangman's noose. Many famous and prominent families who played a huge role in establishing Key West are buried here, as well as those who left behind a more infamous legacy. The cemetery has a past as rich and colorful as the island itself which has more than 30,000 residents who currently reside here.

The Key West Cemetery was established as a Florida Heritage Landmark in 2005 by the Historic Florida Keys Foundation, the City of Key West, and the Florida Department of State. Marker Number F-551 is located at the intersection of Passover Lane and Angela Street on the right when traveling north on Passover Lane.

Added by: sdonley on 08/01/2019 DB#:492


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

One of the most often seen Key West ghosts is that of a Bahamian woman, who takes offense when anyone visiting the cemetery shows disrespect. Reports include being scolded by her, and those guilty of any reprisal find her cold stare to be most unsettling.

Voices, shadows, orbs, cold sensations, and other ghostly encounters are some of the experiences you can expect when you visit Key West's city of the dead.

Added by: sdonley on 08/01/2019 DB#:1483

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3030 08/01/2019 sdonley The apparition of a Bahamian woman has been seen by those who do not show respect in the cemetery.
3031 08/01/2019 sdonley Voice have been heard.
3032 08/01/2019 sdonley Shadows have been seen.
3033 08/01/2019 sdonley Photos of orbs have been taken.
3034 08/01/2019 sdonley Cold spots have been reported.
3035 08/01/2019 sdonley People have reported the feeling of being watched when nobody has been around.

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