Last week, HH and I took a motorcycle trip through Florida, all the way to Key West. It was a 2,323-mile trip with great weather, wonderful (mostly) temperatures, and great fun with friends. Oh, and the food! The flowers! (The sore tush! 😉 )
We (including our friends) agreed that our tour of the Hemingway House was one of our favorite activities. Just a few steps from the street, and you’re standing right here in front of the round planter.
Hemingway was married four times. He and his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, bought this house. It was built in the late 1800’s and had been empty for quite a while. Pauline renovated the dilapidated old house and lived there for many years, even after Hemingway moved on to wife number three.
In the ten years Hemingway lived here, he wrote eleven books.
These pictures hung in a room downstairs – Hemingway at different ages. The bottom right picture is the one I’ve seen most often. How about you?
I’m sharing some fun and quirky details rather than room pictures. As we traveled from room to room on the tour, most pictures wouldn’t show the room…only people. :-/
Ceiling fans cooled every room when Pauline and Ernest purchased the house, but she had them all removed and replaced with crystal chandeliers mounted to a star ceiling medallion. Every room. No fans.
You’ll notice many box fans and fans on stands in my pictures.
The rooms weren’t overly large or extravagantly decorated like in antebellum homes, but Hemingway’s original furniture was in the home.
The master bed is a self-designed king size, since they weren’t manufactured in that era. (Sorry for this lousy phone camera pic.)
They placed two twins side-by-side and used an old gate they found abroad as the headboard.
My generation thought this was our idea! The posts, hinge pins, and latch are still attached. (The chains are recent additions to keep us tourists off the bed. Ha!)
The first-floor bathroom picture shows birthing chairs that Hemingway liked using as a regular chair. He had them in nearly every room in the house.
Our tour guide said Pauline brought lots of tile from abroad, as well, and used it all over the house. I thought this was an interesting pattern.
Speaking of bathrooms, there’s a special little room in the center of the upstairs front. The window faces the street. See what a tiny room it is – with only a toilet?
Looking at the house front again, imagine Hemingway talking to passersby from the upstairs center window (second from right).
They say he talked to people passing on the street while sitting on that toilet. Can you imagine? Isn’t that funny?
Pauline had this catwalk built for Hemingway to go from the upstairs over to his writing studio.
The catwalk is gone, but the upstairs door is still there – and steps leading to it now.
Hemingway had a goal to write 700 words a day, usually finishing before noon.
Tomorrow, I’ll show you what’s blooming in Hemingway’s yard and share something special about his 40-50 cats. If you ever visit Key West, you won’t want to miss this home tour – too many fun details to share it all here!
Have you read any of Hemingway’s books? Any you can recommend?
I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.