will enter through a reconstruction of a section of the Key West Terminus (station).
Inside visitors will find a themed mercantile store, filled with candies, turn
of the century dolls and toys, dry goods, railroad memorabilia, gifts and related
exiting the gift shop into the Flagler Station HISTOREUM®, visitors will see
the first of three film presentations. The first will show rare moving picture
footage and photographs of the Key West Extension being built from its beginning
in Homestead in 1905 to its completion and arrival on January 22, 1912 in Key
West. They will meet the men responsible for this feat and experience the hardship,
tragedy and grandeur of what was called by some "Flagler's Folly." A
historyteller, will meet guests on the loading dock and tell them, first hand,
of life as a worker on the Overseas Railway and how Key Westers felt as they anxiously
awaited the arrival of the train. The Key West of January 22, 1912 will come to
Our historytellers will
entrance the entire family with tales of the Key West Extension and the men who
made possible one of the greatest engineering and construction feats of the 20th
1905 Henry Flagler, one of the wealthiest men in the world, announced his plan
to build a railway from Miami to Key West. Some laughed, some scoffed and most
agreed that it could not be done. After eight years, three hurricanes, $30 million
and hundreds of lives lost, Henry Flagler proved them wrong. Return with us to
the turn of the century and...
Flagler's legacy at the Flagler Station Over-Sea Railway HISTOREUM® Museum,
where you can walk through an actual Florida East Coast
Railroad car full of photographs and memorabilia from the "Railroad That
Went To Sea." Learn how this engineering marvel was built. See the original
film, "The Day the Train Arrived." Detailing one of the biggest celebrations
in Florida's history given to honor Flagler upon his arrival on the first train
January 22, 1912.
Ride Out To Sea...
in the historic Maggie Atwell House, the oldest house relocated from Big Pine
Key, you will experience the thrill of riding down the Florida Keys in 1929 aboard
the railway that went to sea. Hear the eye witness accounts from some of those
who were there in 1912 and who made the fascinating trip by rail on the Key West
The tragic demise of Flagler's
dream in the devastating Labor Day hurricane of 1935.