Built back in 1862 it is researched the Martello Towers were a burial ground as part of Key West fortifications which included Fort Taylor. History shows it was never part of war but rather used for target practices for the Fort Taylor gunners and the US Navy. It boasts a rich history especially when it was added in June 24, 1976 to the US National Register of Historic Places. Today it is operated by the Key West Garden Club offering a serendipitous experience with beautiful gardens featuring a rare collection of native and exotic trees and plants. Garden lovers from all over the world gather in amazement upon arrival. The learning experience is endless as there's always something new to explore. A wide array of special events are open to the public. It's open Tuesday through Saturday in season with schedule subject to change. You can always call to verify any changes or events. To complete the visual experience, the ocean can also be seen from the garden motivating any visitor to snap any photographic opportunity which you will hold dearly in your memories. Enjoy the Martello Towers for something different and inspiring. It is indeed a historical site.