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Walking on Whitehead Part 1: Greene to Petronia Streets

November 14, 2011

Lou Tufford



The cannon marking the entrance to the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society and Museum will get your attention as you start your walk on Whitehead.

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum


On the other corner, the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens at the corner of Greene and Whitehead, mark the start of this 7 block (~1000 step) walk.

Audubon House and Gallery
Audubon House and Gallery


The gallery has fine art for purchase and also simply for gazing.

Audubon House and Gallery
Audubon House and Gallery


And, just a few steps further, you'll see a different sort of art, painted on the fence of a private home.

Painting on the fence of a private home
Painting on the fence of a private home


The walls and gates of Truman Annex line the west side of Whitehead.

Wall of the Truman Annex
Wall of the Truman Annex


You can catch a glimpse of some of the beautiful homes here. This beautiful entryway is but one example.

A courtyard of a Key West home
A courtyard of a Key West home


The Banyan Resort is just across the street,

The Banyan Resort
The Banyan Resort


named for the majestic banyan trees that populate the property.

Banyan trees
Banyan trees


At the corner of Whitehead and Caroline, you'll find the “Birthplace of Pan American World Airways”;

The birthplace of Pan American World Airways
The birthplace of Pan American World Airways


which is also home to Kelly's Caribbean Bar/Grill and Brewery, owned by actress Kelly McGillis.

Kelly
Kelly's Caribbean Bar/Grill and Brewery


I'm not much of a beer fan, so this isn't one of my favorites, but it is worth stopping in to see the bar, made from an airplane wing.

They have a very popular happy hour here and the courtyard out back is also very pretty.

If you need some stamps or want to mail a package, you'll find the Key West Post Office on the block between Eaton and Fleming.

Key West Post Office
Key West Post Office


There are always interesting people waiting in line at the post office, which is a good thing, since it is usually a slow process. Outside, you will see some of our favorite Key West creatures.

A Key West chicken
A Key West chicken


The corner of Whitehead and Fleming is a well-known destination and the subject of many visitors' vacation photos.

Mile marker 0 on US 1
Mile marker 0 on US 1


You can choose an ending or a beginning, depending upon your frame of mind I suppose.

This is the same corner is where you'll find the famous Kapok Tree.

Key West
Key West's famous Kapok Tree


The tree is on the grounds of somewhat less scenic government buildings.

The Lester Building
The Lester Building


At this point, you're at the corner of Whitehead and Southard, where you'll find a famous Key West destination of a different sort, The Green Parrot Bar.

The Green Parrot Bar
The Green Parrot Bar


On this afternoon, all is quiet. On weekend nights, this sidewalk gets jam-packed with locals and visitors alike who come to hear some of the best music you'll find in Key West.

Key West is nothing if not a study in contrasts. On one side of the street, you'll see a beautifully kept cottage.

A beutiful Key West cottage
A beutiful Key West cottage


On the other side, there's one that's not so well kept.

A run down Key West cottage
A run down Key West cottage


By now, you've reached the corner of Whitehead and Petronia, where you'll find the kitschy Bahama Village Market. There are a few vendors selling souvenirs here.

The Bahama Village Market
The Bahama Village Market


Lately, there's been talk of a restaurant going in to the building next door. At one point, the Aqua Nightclub was thinking of moving here as well. For now, this gorgeous Victorian stands vacant.

A vacant Victorian
A vacant Victorian


Time for a pause. Wouldn't it be fun to stop here for a cool beverage?
 
 
 
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