Matheson Family Legacy is Topic of Keys History & Discovery Center Presentation

 Matheson house on Lignumvitae Key

Islamorada, FL – The Matheson Family Legacy: Key Biscayne to Lignumvitae Key will be presented by Bruce Matheson, the great grandson of William J. Mathson, as part of the Keys History & Discovery Center Presents lecture series. The presentation is the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada. The Center opens at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m.

Cost for non-Discovery Center members is $25 and includes admission to the exhibit as well as light appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Reservations are suggested and can be made at 305-922-2237 or

Bruce Matheson
Bruce Matheson

William J. Matheson settled in Dade County in 1902, purchasing land on Key Biscayne and throughout south Miami-Dade County. It was not long before Matheson began expanding his holdings to the Florida Keys. In addition to owning property on Upper Matecumbe, he purchased Lignumvitae Key in 1919. Matecumbe’s Reynolds Cothron would build the famous Matheson House that still stands on the island. Bruce Matheson, William’s great grandson, will share his family’s history as well as the story of his family’s legacy, which Bruce works to preserve to this day.

The Discovery Center is in Islamorada, MM 82, located at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost. The Center is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $12. Admission for seniors is $10 and children 13-under are free. Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization operating the Keys History & Discovery Center.

For more information, call 305-922-2237 or go to

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