Historic Markers Across Florida



Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park



Marker ID: FLHM 
Location: Located on Indian Key Fill, these information boards along with the Triangle of History marker give a nice account of the history of this area.
County: Monroe
Coordinates: N 24° 53.364    W 080° 40.624
  24.8894    -80.67706666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMM4BK
 



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Lignumvitae Key has one of the finest virgin tropical forests remaining in the Florida Keys. The forest is composed of nearly four dozen species of trees including: mastic, gumbo limbo, strangler fig, poisonwood, pigeon plum, mahogany, and lignumvitae.

Lignumvitae Key was a part of an ancient coral reef tract exposed during the Wisconsin glacial interval. It contains 280 acres and has an elevation of 16 1/2 feet.
In 1919, William J. Matheson established a residence on the Key. A windmill supplied electricity and cisterns collected rain water for drinking. Today, visitors can see the house and grounds unchanged from an earlier time.

State of Florida