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Crane Point Hammock
Monroe County
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Crane Point Hammock
Crane Point Hammock
Crane Point Hammock
 

5550 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 50.5 Bayside
Marathon

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Consider Crane Point Hammock a two-fer, since it presents both the natural and human histories of the Middle Florida Keys. The property is owned by the Florida Keys Land Trust, which bought the 63 acres formerly owned by Francis and Mary Crane of Massachusetts in 1989.

The site includes a ‘50s art deco style home the Cranes built near the water (you can walk the site, but the interior is closed as the Land Trust attempts to restore the property) and the 1890s home built by Keys pioneer George and Olivia Adderly. Both give a glimpse of what life in the Keys might have been like during their respective eras.

Most of the property, however, is coastal hammock and mangrove forest that preserve native trees and plants and provide habitat for native animals. There are extensive hiking trails, a butterfly garden, a wild bird rehabilitation center and a museum that focuses on the human and natural history of the keys. When we visited in December 2013, admission was $12.50 for adults.

 


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