Fort East Martello Museum
Backstory and Context
The U.S. Army began construction of the fort in 1862. Its purpose was to provide the Key West some extra protection against possible Confederate sea assaults, as it was still a Union-controlled island during the war despite the fact that the majority of the inhabitants supported the Confederacy. This fort saw no major action during the Civil War, so as the war was coming to an end the fort was soon abandoned.
In 1950, the Key West Art and Historical society cleared away the debris that had gathered over the years and opened Fort East Martello as its first museum. With support from the local citizens, this national landmark was restored to its original 1860s design. Today this museum holds preserved relics from the war. This museum is also home to exhibits about the wrecking and cigar manufacturing industries that helped mold Key west.
"Fort East Martello." Key West Art & Historical Society. Accessed January 29, 2015. http://www.kwahs.org/museums/fort-east-martello/history.
"Fort East Martello Museum." Viva Florida. Accessed January 29, 2015. http://vivaflorida.org/Explore/Historic-and-Archaeological-Sites/Fort-East-Martello-Museum