Audubon House

This elegant mid-nineteenth century example of American Classic Revival architecture was built in the 1840’s by Capt. John H. Geiger. Capt. Geiger was the port’s first state licensed harbor pilot. He made his fortune as a master wrecker, salvaging ships that foundered on the treacherous reefs. Capt. Geiger lived in the home with his wife Lucretia and their nine children. The house is a perfect setting for the works of John James Audubon who visited the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas in 1832. While painting in the gardens on Capt. Geiger’s property, Audubon identified and drew 19 Florida birds. The Audubon House Fine Art Gallery features a wonderful collection of Audubon’s original hand watercolored lithographs and engravings (circa 1830-1859) available for purchase. In addition to the stunning 19th century originals, the Gallery offers select limited edition reproductions of these American masterpieces. The Museum Store offers an eclectic array of giftware. Birds, tropical plants and flowers are represented through decorative and functional ceramics, bronzes, metalwork and porcelains. These are displayed throughout the store along with jewelry, selected antiques and reproductions, home furnishings, books and educational items for children. The lush tropical gardens where Audubon painted are also available for weddings and corporate functions. We have installed “moon lighting” throughout our gardens which illuminates more than an acre of grounds and trees. Our antique copper lanterns set atop graceful white columns scattered throughout the beautiful and rare flora give the grounds a romantic, magical illumination. The gardens are perfect for all kinds of celebrations from a casual theme party to the most elegant catered affair. Corporate parties, plated or buffet dinner celebrations up to 140 and casual receptions for up to 300 can easily be accommodated in this fabulous setting.