Here’s Key West’s first source of fresh water on the entire island. Founded by Pirates in the 1700’s and used primarily for drinking & cooking. This watery part of Key West history can be found at the Captain George Carey House at 410 Caroline Street which is in fact, the 2nd oldest home in Key West! Look in the front yard on the left side of the porch in the heart of Old Town Key West just 1 home north of Kelly’s Caribbean Bar & Grill. It’s FREE to see this part of history and take your souvenir photo. Again, It’s sad that 1,00o’s of people pass this way every day and have NO idea how important of a role it played in history.
Fresh water was hard to come by in these times and ships in route to Europe (Spain, France, England, Netherlands to name a few) now had a source to restock their supplies from the Caribbean before their long Atlantic ocean voyage HOME!