The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum illustrates Key West's deep literary history, with Hemingway at the forefront. Built in 1851, the two-story home with its decorated wraparound balconies is where the Nobel Prize winner lived and wrote some of his best works. The grounds are beautifully manicured, and the gardens are lined with blooming jasmines, hibiscus, and gardenias. There are daily tours of the home, which contains many historic artifacts from the author's travels along with 18th-century Spanish furniture pieces. Among the highlights are a 17th-century Spanish chest-on-chest and a red leather cardinal's chair that was used in a production of Hemingway's Broadway play, The Fifth Column. The exterior includes a beautiful in-ground swimming pool, unusual for The Keys in the 1930s.