A Splendid Southern Manor with Enchanting Scenery
This impressive mansion in Key West, Florida is an iconic symbol of luxury and style for the nation's southernmost city, and its photograph is a spectacular souvenir from Florida. More than one hundred years ago, the Southernmost House was built overlooking the brilliant cobalt blue waters along the southern tip of the island of Key West. This magnificent home was constructed with the finest of materials and built to withstand the hurricanes that have historically plagued the area.
A prominent surgeon, Dr. Jeptha Harris, and his wife built the house as a private family home in 1896. Their island paradise was then sold to the Ramos family in the 1940s and converted into a Cuban cafe named Cafe Cayo Hueso, Key West Cafe, which was extraordinarily popular not only with local Floridians but also with many visiting dignitaries and celebrities. A little unofficial gambling is rumored to have occurred in an upstairs room.
Famous People Who Stayed in Southernmost House
After a complete refurbishing which included replacing liquor-stained wood floors with elegant Cuban tiles, the Ramos family invited many of their important friends to come visit them at Southernmost House. From presidents, to royalty, to well-known authors and celebrities, many famous people flocked to Key West to spend time in this idyllic spot. U.S. Presidents Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower all came to visit Southernmost House, as did King Juan Carlos of Spain, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
In 1996 the beautiful old Victorian home underwent a $3 million dollar renovation and was beautifully restored to its current glorious state. Eighteen gorgeous guestrooms and suites are now available for visitors who want to enjoy the same remarkable beauty and peace that so many famous people of the past were able to enjoy. Southernmost House Historic Inn is a treasure of the south and the pride and glory of Key West.