The home of Captain Martin Hellings and his wife Eleanor Curry, daughter of Florida's first millionaire, the Hellings House is a fully restored 19th century historic landmark full of period decor, furnishings, and stories. One of Key West's most historic homes, the Hellings House has its roots "best and worst" times of the archipelago.
In 1886, fire spread over the island and destroyed the livelihoods of many shipbuilders, cigar rollers and their factories, and more than 600 homes. People were being forced to leave the Keys to find work in Cuba and Tampa, one of Florida's most prosperous cigar production cities. Eleanor Curry's father, wanting to preserve the integrity and economy of Key West, donated thousands of dollars to citizens to rebuild homes, provide work, and regain a working order that was lost in the devastating fire. This history and more is preserved at the Hellings House Museum in Key West, owned and maintained by the Key West Woman's Club.
Tours run year round on a regular schedule and by appointment for special group tours.