Long Key Fishing Camp is Topic of Presentation at Keys History & Discovery Center 

Author Thomas Neil Knowles
Author Thomas Neil Knowles

IslamoradaLong Key: Flagler’s Island Getaway for the Rich and Famous is the title of the monthly lecture at the Keys History & Discovery Center set for Wednesday, June 22. The Center, located in Islamorada, opens at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. The presentation is part of the Keys History & Discovery Center Presents… lecture series.

For two and a half decades the Long Key Fishing Camp was known throughout the world and cherished by a loyal clientele that included prominent inventors, businessmen, nobility, poets, politicians and writers. Then it was destroyed by the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and faded into obscurity.

Join Thomas Neil Knowles, author of Long Key, Flagler’s Island Getaway for the Rich and Famous, as he talks about the saga of Henry Flagler’s most unique resort and the famous fishing club it spawned. A Key West native whose ancestors came over from the Bahamas in the 1830s, he will discuss the findings of his research, including never-before-published information and photographs he obtained from the caretaker’s daughter, and the precise location of the camp in relation to current development.

Cost for non-Discovery Center members is $25 and includes admission to the museum as well as light appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 305-922-2237 or info@keysdiscovery.com.

The Discovery Center is in Islamorada, MM 82, located at the Islander Resort. The Center is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $12. Admission for seniors is $10 and children 13-under are free. Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization operating the Keys History & Discovery Center.

For more information, call 305-922-2237 or go to www.keysdiscovery.com.