Poets and writers have written on the subject of love for centuries. I'm sure that we have all experienced the euphoria of falling in love and some have endured the pain of falling out as well. Life and Love and complicated. In celebration of Valentine's Day I thought it appropriate to write about one of my favorite lanes in Old Town - Love Lane
"Love can generate some confusion - and Love Lane is no exception. Some maps show to Loves, one coming off Fleming and another off Southard, but not meeting mid-block. Other maps indicate Gwynn Street, named for a former mayor and cigar tycoon E. O. Gwynn, is the lane that runs off Southard. And yet another source cites Johnny Cake Lane as making up the northern half of Love Lane. At one time perhaps it did... As confirmed by the loving couple who lives on the Fleming Street side of the lane, both are now called Love Lane. It seems they don't meet because the bungalow that bisects the lane was built on the sly, and over the decades, has been grandfathered and let stand."
I grabbed my camera and took photos of each of the current existing houses on Love Lane. I rummaged through my old shoebox and found photos of Love Lane taken a little over fifty years ago Let's see how much remains the same and how much things have changed. One of the anchor houses for the longest segment of Love Lane is actually numbered 713 Southard Street. It's a big old unpainted Bahamian House with a large rear yard that abuts Love Lane. I know there will be hordes of buyers in line to buy this house when the day comes it goes on the market. Until then it will just stand there looking foreboding has it has for decades.
|728 Love Lane Key West|
|716 Southard Street but this is the south of Southard segment of Love Lane. There is a smaller cottage in the rear.|
|712 Love Lane 2017|
|712 Love Lane Key West|