Reel Ting meets many Historic Faces from the Past at The Southernmost House in Key West.
The Southernmost House hosted the Reel Ting this weekend in Key West Florida for the most Fabulous Wedding of the year.
The event included a wedding ceremony on the beach with the steel drums greeting the bride and groom as they arrived with their bridal party.
The evening was a great success.
Allison from We’ve Got the Keys Wedding Planners
Elegantly poised on Duval Street’s southernmost tip, the stately Southernmost House Key West Historic Inn is as grand as it was when the last bricks were laid more than a century ago. The Southernmost House was constructed in 1896 as a family home for Dr. Jeptha Vinning Harris and his wife Florida Curry Harris. Dr Harris, who was a surgeon in the navy during the Civil War, became a prominent leader in Key West shortly after his arrival on the island. The Harris’s took great pride in their magnificent oceanfront home, building it with the utmost attention to detail and with the finest materials that would withstand treacherous hurricanes and lightening storms. The couple enjoyed hosting guests, yet they valued their privacy more. So although expansive, the original structure was built with just one bedroom and an adjacent guesthouse to accommodate visitors and family.
The Southernmost House gained real popularity in the early 1940’s, when the Ramos family from Spain purchased the home and transformed it into a Cuban Café deemed Café Cayo Hueso. Locals and tourists frequented the café for cool drinks, Cuban cigars and authentic cuisine—and according to some old time Conchs, if you were interested, informal gambling on the second floor.
After several successful years as the Café Cayo Hueso, the Southernmost House once again became a family home in 1954. The Ramos family undertook a complete refurbishing of the mansion, replacing the liquor-stained wood floors with stunning Cuban tile, refreshing every room to create the ideal environment to raise their family and entertain their close personal friends. Upon moving back in, Mrs. Ramos insisted that her husband relocate his infamous Friday night dominoes parties to the recreation building—she wasn’t too keen on smoked filled rooms, the aroma of Cuban cigars and the mess that resulted from spilled Cuban rum.
They couldn’t resist its inexplicable charm.
In the late 1800’s, Key West was known for its crystal blue waters teeming with marine life, its bustling seaport and rich, diverse culture. For centuries before and centuries to follow, people from all walks of life would be drawn to the undeniably pristine paradise. Whether seeking to salvage priceless treasures that lay beneath the sea or looking to sell their goods in the town square, they came from England, from Spain, from Cuba and the Bahamas and found themselves immediately captivated by the majesty of Cayo Hueso…Key West.