Ghost Hunter David Sloan and Robert the Doll (Credit to Carol Tedesco)
Ghost Hunter David Sloan and Robert the Doll (Photo Credit: Carol Tedesco)

Islamorada, FL – Keys History & Discovery Center Presents…Haunted History: Robert the Doll Comes to Islamorada on Thursday, Oct. 27 to the Keys History & Discovery Center. Doors open at 5 p.m., presentation begins at 6 p.m.

In collaboration with the Key West Art and Historical Society, the one and only Robert the Doll will be coming to the Keys History & Discovery Center for a night of ghost stories with Key West author and ghost hunter, David Sloan. Sloan is the foremost authority on the history of the doll and has written the book, Robert the Doll. Reportedly the most haunted artifact in the Florida Keys, it is the only one in the island chain with its own Facebook page!

The doll was originally given to Robert Eugene Otto on his fourth birthday, October 25, 1904. The birthday boy promptly declared that he would now go by the name Gene and the doll would be named Robert. According to all accounts, Robert and Gene were inseparable. What soon became apparent in the Otto house was that something out of the ordinary was occurring. When Gene was playing with Robert in his room, Gene could be heard having conversations that were accompanied by giggling.

To hear more about the fascinating life of Robert the Doll, come hear David Sloan as he reveals the haunted history of this fascinating doll. After the program, David will be available for a book signing.

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

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