Kerouac poster
Vintage poster promoting Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” book

Jack Kerouac at Home in Florida

The legendary Beat poet Jack Kerouac lived with his mother in a small apartment at the back of a house in a suburb of Orlando from 1957 to 1958.

The Jack Kerouac home is now designed as a writers-in-residence program. Writers compete for the opportunity to live there rent-free for a season of approximately three months while working on their next masterpiece. The competition is open to the public and requires a small application fee. The house,  however, is open only for tours of school groups and by appointment only.

“We would love to host students for a field trip! We think having the only literary landmark in Orlando is pretty special. We just need to schedule it so that it can work for everyone–students, a Board or Director who would give the tour, and of course the schedule of the resident.”

Please visit for more information about the house. Also see our Literary San Francisco, LouisianaMassachusetts and Texas pages about Jack Kerouac.

Patricia Smart