Key West Barracks

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Key West Barracks (1831-1947) - First established 2 Jan 1831 by Company H, 4th U.S. Infantry as a United States Barracks on the west side of Key West, Florida. This post was repeatedly placed in caretaker status over the years and reactivated for World War I and World War II, finally declared surplus on 22 Jul 1947 and turned over to the Navy.

Key West Barracks Parade Ground, Monroe County Library
Key West Barracks Houses, Monroe County Library
Housing Annex now on Old Key West Barracks
Key West Barracks Marker

Key West Barracks History

Established in 1831 and served primarily as a garrison for Fort Taylor (2). Sporadically garrisoned during the construction of Fort Taylor (2) (1831-1866) and the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865). Garrisoned from 1893 until 1947 in support of the Coastal Artillery batteries but at several points was in caretaker status. Declared surplus and turned over to the Navy in 1947.

Key West Barracks Plan 1934


Current Status

Original Key West Barracks buildings have been demolished and the land once occupied by them is now the Peary Court Annex of Naval Air Station Key West with modern military family housing units. The perimeter includes the Peary Court U.S. Burial Grounds.

Location: Key West, Florida.

Maps & Images

Lat: 24.560538 Long: -81.792662

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Visited: Area 1 Jan 2010

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