The Marvin D. Adams Waterway
Historic Shadow Point was inherited by Lelia and Marvin Adams from Mr. Frank Sweeting, Lelia's father, who bought the property in 1922. Marvin, who spearheaded the building of the canal, sat at Historic Shadow Point many a night in 1950 calculating the construction of this magnificent canal. In a 1976 dedication ceremony, the Key Largo Waterway name was changed and John Pennekamp wrote in the Miami Herald: "After the channel had been cut through Key Largo some years ago, Marvin D. Adams commented, 'Fortunately for me I have, more through luck than plan, changed the face of the earth in a way that is great satisfaction to me. That I will be remembered for this, I doubt.'" He was wrong. The Monroe County Commission renamed the cut to the "Marvin D. Adams Waterway," and it continues to serve the Upper Keys community. It could be the second most significant non-government private project, the railroad being the first in our Upper Keys history.
History of Key Largo
The first hint of a community of Key Largo was an 1870 post office named Cayo Largo in the present day Rock Harbor area (MM 95 TO 100 area). The Cayo Largo post office closed and Menendez Johnson established a post office named Largo in the mile marker 101-102 area in March 1881. According to his postal application form, he estimated serving a population of “About Two Hundred” which would have been all or most of the island of Key Largo.
Key Largo Movie Trailer 1948
Humphrey Bogart connects to Historic Shadow Point! The house directly next door was where Bogey stayed during the filming of the movie, Key Largo in 1947. He was invited over for cocktails and a game of poker with Frank Sweeting my great Grandfather who bought Shadow Point in 1922.
Swim with the Dolphins
Dolphins Plus offers a variety of marine mammal interaction programs, including Natural Dolphin Swims, Structured Dolphin Swims, and Sea Lion Encounters. These programs are designed for individuals interested in learning more about dolphins and sea lions in a safe, natural seawater environment. They are located right down the street from Shadow Point.
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce
The Upper Keys Chamber of Commerce became the Legendary Key Largo Chamber of Commerce in 1985, capitalizing on the enormous power of name recognition. Key Largo is a renowned destination and a name that experience has proven guarantees an enthusiastic and positive response. Visit this site for a list of events going on and around Key Largo.
Many thanks to all - The statue was built over 20 years ago and in 2018 we gathered together to give her a much-needed lift. many thanks to Lindi Madley, Pam Patterson, Elsie Stewart, Katie Preston, Aida Fry, Carolyn Smith, Pam McClean, and Sue York our main photographer. Also, we are in debt to Mark and Robin Lee Makowski who came after us to help with the cleaning and grouting of our Sea Nymph, Tawanda Bedazzled.
Historic Shadow Point family Vacation Rental in the Florida Keys
We have the perfect beach and garden on the water for all of your needs.
Also, visit the sites below for more to see and do
Renovation on the Statue - Placing mosaics around her to enhance her beauty- "Tawanda The Sea Nymph Bedazzled"
Theater of the Sea https://www.viator.com/operator/11148-d23474?pref=02
Robbie's Marina http://www.robbies.com/
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Lignumvitae-Key
Indian Key State Park https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Indian-Key