Historic Key West City Cemetery

Key West's unique and intriguing cemetery lies in the heart of Old Town.  The main entrance and Sexton's office are at the intersection of Angela and Margaret Streets.  The cemetery sits in a nineteen-acre park-like setting where the following people rest side-by-side, echoing the island city's diverse heritage:

  • Bahamian mariners
  • Catholics
  • Cuban cigar makers
  • Millionaires and paupers
  • People of all races
  • Protestants and Jews 
  • Spanish-American War veterans
  • Soldiers and Civilians

Establishment of Cemetery 

The City Cemetery was established in 1847 on "high ground, 16 feet above sea level" in Key West following the disastrous hurricane of October 11, 1846, where the then beach-side cemetery was unearthed due to the winds and seas.  

This continues to be an active cemetery with about 100 interments a year.  Within the fenced 19 acres of the property lies between 80,000 to 100,000 people.

Read more about our Cemetry in an article published by the Miami Herald by clicking here.

Guided tours are available by contacting the Sexton's office.  A free comprehensive self-guided tour map is available at the cemetery's front entrance.

2023 Memorial Day Services

Memorial Day at the Maine
In the photo from L to R: Monroe County Commissioner Jim Scholl, City Commissioner Clayton Lopez, Military Affairs Committee President Ron Deemes, Naval Air Station Key West Commander Beth Regoli, and Cemetery Sexton Rosa Diaz
Cemetery Sexton with Ron Deemes at Maine Memorial Cemetery

Images from the Cemetery