The Nature Trails at Crane Point Museum
Rediscover the natural and peaceful Keys environment at its best on the nature trails of Crane Point.
Visit here to learn to identify trees you will see in the hammock before continuing on the trails.
This changing exhibit features Keys Creatures such as hermit crabs, lizards, snakes, and insects. You can also observe a real beehive on the deck.
Continue to the Adderley House by heading off the back deck towards the Butterfly Meadow.
Fragrant flowers and plants in the meadow attract butterflies such as Giant Swallowtails, Zebra Longwings, Orange-Barred Sulphurs and Gulf Fritillaries.
The story of George and Olivia Adderley begins in the 1890's when they, along with other Bahamians, sailed from the Bahamas to the Keys. They lived in the upper Keys for several years and subsequently came to Key Vaca where they purchased 32 acres in the area now known as Crane Point. Their home, which George built himself, is made of Tabby, a concrete like material made of burned conch and other shells. The Adderley house is of a classic Bahamian style and is the oldest house in the Keys outside of Key West.
The kitchen was a small building separated from the rest of the house for fear of fire. The Adderleys planted a kitchen garden with root vegetables, pigeon peas and fruit trees. George worked as a turtler, sponger, and made charcoal out of buttonwood. When George had accumulated a sufficient amount of saleable products he would sail to Key West with his wares and sell them, providing the family with cash. This site, which became known as Adderley Town, attracted other Bahamians. A 1906 railroad survey map shows ten houses in the area of Crane Point. When the developers of the Overseas Railroad asked residents to sign a release granting them a right of way through the property the residents declined to do so unless they were given a station. The railroad agreed and "Station Vaca" was created. After close to a half a century and the death of Olivia Adderley, George sold his property to the Cranes and moved to Key West.
Wild Bird Center:
Stop by the Wild Bird Center to view the rescued birds that are in different stages of rehabilitation.
Boardwalk Along the Shoreline:
Continue down the trail to our boardwalk where you may encounter the golden orb spider and will have the opportunity to view red, white, and black mangroves. Try to spot the sailfin mollies in the marsh pools from the boardwalk bridge.
Francis and Mary Crane built this "art-deco" home in the 1950's.
A spectacular view of Florida Bay is your reward at the far end of the trail. You can relax on one of our benches while enjoying the scenery and solitude before taking another interesting trail back to the museums.
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