Barnacle State Historic Site, Miami

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The Barnacle Historic State Park is a 5acre Florida State Park in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida at 3485 Main Highway.Built in 1891, it is the oldest house in its original location in Miami-Dade County. The Barnacle was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove’s founders, as well as founder and Commodore of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. He was also a leading designer of sailing yachts. The Florida Park Service acquired the remaining 5acre of Munroe's original 40acre homesite from his descendants in 1973.The Barnacle Historic State Park is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Douglas Road and the Coconut Grove stations.HistoryRalph Middleton Munroe first visited South Florida in 1877 while on vacation from New York City. On his second trip he brought his wife who suffered from tuberculosis. Unfortunately, the cure failed and she died. Her body is buried in Coconut Grove. He returned several times to the area and in 1887 decided to settle in the Bay.Ralph Munroe purchased 40acre of bayfront land in 1886 for $400 in addition to one of his sailboats, the Kingfish, valued at an additional $400. His boathouse was built in 1887 and he lived on its upper floor until his main house was completed in 1891. The house, a one-story structure, was raised off the ground on wood pilings. Its central room is octagonal in shape and Munroe called his home "The Barnacle," presumably because it resembled one. It remained a bungalow until 1908 when more space was needed for his growing family. The whole structure was lifted and a new first story inserted below. In 1912 a library was built adjacent to the house. The Barnacle survived the disastrous 1926 hurricane and Hurricane Andrew in 1992 with only minimal damage.
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  • Right on Biscayne Bay this historic state park is surrounded but almost a tropical forest and the water. Original houses from the founding days of Coconut Grove. This well maintained public space is s...  more »
  • Shaded entryway did not give away the beauty and sunshine that would greet me as I went deeper into the park. Lovely place to sit and contemplate the beauty.  more »
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  • Lovely walk through a beautiful little historic park. Good way to pass the time while you wait for your table at one of the outdoor cafés around the corner.
  • Nice location , beautiful view but they need to fix the floor in the open room ....
  • Very quite place. Very nice walk. If you are around Coconut Grove must past by
  • Simple homestead museum in the middle of coconut grove. This is a nice stroll and location if you happen to be in the area. Entrance is $2 and you enjoy a nice nature path to the ocean edge.
  • Saw a wonderful production of Hamlet at shakespeare in the park. It was a wonderful performace and a great night out

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