|| The Curry family
helped settle and develop the Bahamas and Key West when government there
was nearly non-existent (read more at the end). Visit the Currys in the
Bahama Islands and on Curry Key there http://rexcurry.net/curry-bahamas.html
Many of the early residents of New Plymouth Cay and other Bahama Islands
migrated to Key West, Florida. They sailed with their Bahama homes on
barges in the 1830's. William Curry, Florida's first millionaire,
was a 15 year old boy when his family made the move from Green Turtle Cay.
As late as 1912, 60% of the residents of Key West were Bahamian seafarers.
Key West and New Plymouth fly each others flags to celebrate the Sister
City relationship. Key West is the Sister City to New Plymouth, Bahamas.
Key West opened a sculpture garden modeled after the Sculpture Garden
of New Plymouth.
Curry House Building in the Bahamas
There is controversy about the origin of Junkanoo. Historians have offered
differing explanations for the festival's start. The most common explanation
is that the word “Junkanoo” comes from the name "John
Canoe." According to the Junkanoo website: "John Canoe was an African
prince and slave trader operating on the Gold Coast
in the 17th century. He was said to have outwitted
the English and subsequently gained control of Fort
Brandenbury. Therefore, the Dutch and English alike
feared him. However, to the slaves, he was a hero and was
worshipped and idolized by them. Those slaves who were brought
here to the Bahamas kept up this distinct form of worship."
In the 1930’s, sponging was the number one industry in the Bahamas, and probably in Key West. http://rexcurry.net/sponges.html
The government has destroyed conchs in the Conch Republic of Key West. The big secret in Key West is that there are no conch fritters and no conch chowder made from Florida conchs. They are usually imported Bahamian conchs. http://rexcurry.net/ecoconch.html
Whenever you are in downtown Key West, visit or stay at the Curry Mansion, and tell them Dr. Curry sent you (directions below). Members of the Curry family have lived in Florida since before 1857. You'll love the libertarian lifestyle of the Keys. The Curry Mansion (home of Florida’s first millionaire capitalist) is on Key West's local tour and you can stay there on visits http://rexcurry.net/curry-mansion.html and try to see Curry Key near the Everglades at the south end of Florida. There is a tour of historic Key West that includes the rich history of Curry Capitalists. Enjoy the famous Key Lime Pie as it was first created in the mansion's kitchen at the turn of the century by the Curry's cook, Aunt Sally!
The grand manor was named for William Curry, a penniless Bahamian
immigrant who made his fortune reputedly as a salvager -those heroic fellows
who rescued shipwrecked travelers in Florida's pirate-infested waters around
the Bahamas and Key West. It was an example of private police and rescue.
After moving from the Bahamas Islands, Curry attained status as Key West's
first millionaire and began building the Mansion in 1855.
In addition to the Curry Mansion, Key West also boasts the historic
Curry House at 806 Fleming Street. The Curry House is a Bed and
Breakfast. The house was built in New Plymouth, Bahamas and shipped
to Key West.
Whenever you are in Tampa, Florida be sure to enjoy Lake Curry in
the upscale River Grove neighborhood. http://rexcurry.net/Curry-Lake.html
RexCurry.net maintains articles by the noted historian and anarcheologist
whose predecessors helped develop Key West back when Florida’s government
was nearly non-existent.
Articles on Anarcheology http://rexcurry.net/anarchaeology.html
How government destroyed Conchs in the Conch Republic
(Key West) http://rexcurry.net/ecoconch.html
How government is destroying reefs in Key West http://rexcurry.net/reefs.html
How to best serve Key West and the Everglades http://rexcurry.net/everglades.html
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||The architectural details
of the Curry Mansion are common to wreckers, incorporating elements of many
ports-of-call: the widow's walk of New England, the ornate trellises and
balustrades of New Orleans and the columns and colonnades of the Deep South.
Curry's son Milton completed the Mansion in 1899, furnishing it with the
18th-century antiques and Victorian pieces gracing the parlor today.
The imposing entry is paneled in bird's-eye maple, handwrought spindles and Tiffany glass sliding doors. A formal dining room is staged with Haviland china and faux replicas of the Curry family's original solid-gold Tiffany flatware. An 1853 Chickering piano, reputedly most recently of Henry James's Newport home, sits in the music room.
The Curry Mansion Inn is adjacent.