Its features include bay windows, a Tiffany stained glass canopy, decorative corner brackets, turned pillars and delicate balusters. The wrap-around porches offer a shady place to while away the hot summer days.
Decorative millwork is common throughout the island. Some styles were mass-produced, while others were custom made with symbols such as the owner’s initials or hints to their occupation. For example, the balustrades at the Speakeasy Inn feature bottles and card symbols--a not-so-subtle sign that drinking and gambling were available inside.
If you head 70 miles offshore to the Dry Tortugas National Park, you'll be wowed by Fort Jefferson--America’s largest 19th-century fort on the isolated 16-acre Garden Key. The hexagonal fort was built using 16 million bricks in 1846, and it's easy to get lost in the honeycomb of 300 masonry arches and crumbling windows.
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