Key Peninsula Historical Society & Museum

Future Exhibits

Coming in February of 2016:


Early Key Peninsula Hotels and Resorts

early-kp-hotels-and-resorts-delano-beachOur new exhibit for 2016 will focus on the history of the Delano Hotel and Resort. Other hotels on the Key Peninsula were the Wauna Hotel and Lodge in Wauna, the Wyatt Hotel in Longbranch, Cooper’s Hotel in Lakebay and the Glencove Hotel, which is still in operation today.

The Delano Hotel and Resort drew customers from all over the country. How Captain George Delano and his wife Edith arrived on the Key Peninsula and built this prominent hotel is a wonderful story that all began with a shipwreck off the Washington Coast.

Come to the museum and learn about this beautiful resort that opened in 1891 and operated for approximately 30 years. Learn about The Austria that Captain Delano was piloting when it hit the rocks on Cape Alava and sank on a stormy January night in 1887. See the pictures of the hotel with it’s 830 foot long pier that greeted guests as they arrived on various boats of the Mosquito Fleet. Read the guest register where the names of prominent people from our state, and beyond, appear.

Come and enjoy this new exhibit opening in February 2016. We look forward to sharing this story, and the story of the other hotels on the Key, with you.


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