Audubon House c1960

One of the highlights of Key West is the Audubon House. This bi-fold brochure tells about the house and its contents. It’s undated, but likely dates to the early 1960s.

Audubon didn’t own the house. He didn’t even rent the house. He was simply a guest of the owners. However, this is one of the places where he worked on his most important project – the four volume double-elephant folio of The Birds of America (1827–1839). That publication is considered to be one of the finest collections of natural history and is one of the most important books ever published in the U.S.

It was inevitable that John James Audubon would spend a lot of time researching the birds of Florida because of the sheer number of species which call the peninsula home. It has a large number of year-round residents. Plus there were many that winter in Florida or pass through to other still warmer climates. The Audubon House helps tell the story of Audubon and the role he played in Florida.

And if you would like a short biography of Audubon without traveling to Key West, check out this article.