When you think Florida and vacationing in the state, sandy beaches and warm waters probably first come to mind. Nothing beats the beach on a sunny day. After spending your time lounging in the sun and sipping iced cold drinks, you may pick up a history lesson or two by visiting the homes of some notable people from the past. Although none of them are Florida natives, all of them found a home to love and lived their lives (some dying) for a period of time in the state. Their talent and genius have had an impact on our lives and they are a part of history. All of their homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and are open for you to visit and learn more about the people who lived in them.
Mary McLeod Bethune Home
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Home
Outspoken American environmentalist, feminist, journalist and writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas lived to be 108 before she died in Coconut Grove, Miami. Many of Douglas’ noted works were completed in the home and was also where many area conservationists met. Douglas formerly wrote for The Miami Herald and was a member of the American Red Cross. Her home was added to the NRHP in 2015.
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
Nobel Prize winner, journalist, novelist and short story writer Ernest Miller Hemingway lived in his Key West home, Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, for eight years. It is where he wrote titles like the novel To Have And To Hold and the short story classics “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. Another legacy of the home are the descendants of his cats, which still live on the property and can be seen when touring the home. Hemingway’s home, which was featured in the movie License to Kill, was added to the NRHP in 1968.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an American author, who many may be most familiar with as the author of The Yearling. Although she wrote several short stories and a number of novels, it is The Yearling that garnered much attention earning Rawlings a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939. Rawlings came to love Florida and captured the essence of the area and its people in many of her writings. Her home in Cross Creek (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park), which is one of two where she resided in Florida, was added the NRHP in 2006
Henry Morrison Flagler
Have you been to any of these historical places?
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