Fort Zachary Taylor is America’s southernmost Civil War fortress located in Key West Florida. The fort is named after President Zachary Taylor. The U.S. Army began construction in 1845 with secession and the beginning of war in 1861, Fort Taylor remained under federal control, one of the three fortresses in Florida to do so. It served as the headquarters for the Federal Navy’s East Gulf Coast Blocking Squadron. The fort stayed on active duty through 1947. The drive to the fort through the Florida Keys was beautiful and the fort was easy to find. The park is very beautiful with a lot to do, and the fort itself is well maintained. The drive from Homestead FL ┬áto Key West takes about 3 hours so I suggest leaving early.

 

Photos by Michael Cipriani

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