OK, you’re probably saying “What does the street sign ‘Teach’ have to do with the Pirate Blackbeard? Believe it or not, that was his last name. Now you’re saying “OK, it could be short for teacher or just the word teach!” Very true, but, it’s surrounded by an “A” list of other famous Pirate street signs in every direction. That’s how I know!
During the Golden Age of Pirates in the late 1600′s and the early 1700′s lived Blackbeard the most famous pirate in history (besides Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow). His real name was Edward Teach (also listed as Thatch) and stood an intimidating 6’4″ while wearing a crimson colored coat covered in swords, daggers & guns. Oh yeah, to scare the pants off others he lit cannon fuses sticking them under his hat during raids portraying himself as a smoke-looming ghostly terror! His flagship was the Queen Anne’s Revenge (a captured French vessel “Concord”) which he rearmed with 40 cannons.
He pirated for only 1-1/2 years from early 1717 to late 1718 and looted a sum of 16-20 ships in his career basing his operation out of Nassau’s New Providence Island in the Bahamas. His posse at its height included 4 ships and 300-400 pirates. In a scheme to keep most of his booty (treasure) for himself, they headed for Top Sail Inlet, NC where he scuttled Queen Ann’s Revenge leaving most of his men stranded on a sand bar to die. He then transferred the gold to the Sloop “Adventure” and headed to Ocracoke Island, NC. It’s here at Ocracoke Inlet when sailing out to confront two British Man-Of-Wars (ships) where he met his demise being tracked down then beheaded by Lieutenant Robert Maynard on November 22, 1718.
You can find this historical reference to the greatest Pirate Edward Teach (Blackbeard) by going to Mile Marker 23.o oceanside and turn onto Spanish Main Drive continuing down on your right where you’ll see Teach Lane.
Here’s without a doubt the coolest Principal’s office in the entire Florida Keys! Were you intimidated by the Principal’s office at your school? I’d say that most of us associated going to the Principal’s office with something bad.
At this school they obviously play down the fear factor by spicing up the facility with multi-colored paint, decorative lettering along with a huge rainbow across its width with the saying “You are a shooting star” on it. You know what, it worked, this Principal’s office doesn’t scare me a bit!
You can find the Florida Keys ‘Coolest Principal’s Office’ at Mile Marker 30.3 at the Big Pine Academy at the corner of US-1 oceanside.
It’s TRUE, there’s a famous Key West bar that was built around a VERY SPECIAL tree! How special of a tree will be the spotlight of an upcoming blog so stay tuned.
In speaking with one of the employees about the tree he replied, “You asked the right person!” My question to him was, “So tell me, when happens when it rains?” He told me that he’s the one that has to mop up the water leaking into the club all over the floor. He also added, “No matter how much black roofing tar we put around the tree sticking through the roof it always leaks!”
You can find the tree growing through the center of a Key West bar at Captain Tony’s Saloon 428 Greene Street just one block west of Duval Street.
Welcome to the ‘Learning Pond’, and as the sign seen below says “Bring The Kids”!
The ‘Learning Pond’ is an educational tool aimed at the younger generation to teach them about different kinds of local fish and feeding them. Seen here is the lucky child chosen to toss a sardine into the pond full of hungry fish awaiting their free meal. There’s an expert teacher nearby with a headset instructing the boy and telling the audience about the differences between the species in this man-made 30′ x 40′ pond. The FREE feedings and lessons commence daily at 4:00 pm sharp.
You can find this educational ‘Learning Pond’ outside of Captain Hooks at Mile Marker 53.0 oceanside.
Yes, it’s 100% TRUE, there’s an open grave on Indian Key! This is not a tale of horror for one of those ‘Ghost Tours’ nor Halloween prank… it’s REAL!
A former resident of the island Jacob Housman was in fact buried here in May of 1841 after being crushed between the hull of two ships. An inscription on the marble stone marker reads: ‘To his friends he was sincere, to his enemies he was kind’. The grave was later vandalized and the whereabouts of the body is unknown.
History Bonus: Did you know that the words ‘Vandalism’ & ‘Vandalized’ came from early European history? An East Germanic Tribe (Barbarian horde) called the ‘Vandals’ sacked and pillaged Rome in 455 AD along with hundreds of other villages, towns, & cities over their rein in Europe earning them the dubious honor of being associated with senseless destruction of property known as ‘Vandalism’. There, and now you too know the rest of the story!
You can find a tour boat company to take you to Indian Key State Park for $20-$30 per person at Robbie’s Marina Mile Marker 77.5 on US-1 bayside. I again want to thank my friend Scott (ex-Indian Key tour guide seen here) for an awesome one-on-one tour of the island.
Want something different to rent for a weekend besides your standard hotel room? Well then, here’s a one-of-a-kind free-standing single room Chalet-type rental with a full balcony! OK, I really don’t know what it’s called!
This is in fact a hide-a-way rental as posted on the balcony railing and can be yours for a romantic night if the price is right. While here, check out the ‘Keys Unique Bottle Wall’ located directly to the right of the Chalet.
To see this ‘Single Room Chalet’ go to Mile Marker 62.8 bayside turning onto South Conch Avenue and make the loop 1/2 way around… you can’t miss it. The road is NOT marked with a street sign at the intersection of US-1 so you must pay attention going by the mile markers.