I've told visitor's a thousand times to stop by the lighthouse when you visit Hemingway's House it is right across the street. Here I've been writing about Hemingway and other historic Key est sites and I've forgotten the lighthouse.
The Key West Lighthouse was deactivated in 1969, and turned over to Monroe County. In 1972 the lighthouse was turned over to the Key West Art and Historical Society, who has added safety features and restored the tower and the turned the Keepers Quarters into a museum. In 1998 the entire site was nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places as a National Landmark. This gives the Key West Lighthouse the same status as the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.