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. Put Barnacle State Historic Site into our Miami online vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Miami.
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We had a great time here but read on for some tips you will find very helpful: Parking - You can't drive right to this park. We drove by it 3 times before we figured that out. Just park somewhere in.... more
We had a great time here but read on for some tips you will find very helpful: Parking - You can't drive right to this park. We drove by it 3 times before we figured that out. Just park somewhere in.... more »
This was a peaceful and economical Saturday evening. The free movie in the park was great. Look for events on eventbrite to find your tickets for free or low priced events. They even provided...
This was a peaceful and economical Saturday evening. The free movie in the park was great. Look for events on eventbrite to find your tickets for free or low priced events. They even provided... more »
We took the tour of the house with the nicest lady named Ami today. She knew so may details of the family, the development of the property, even to the history of the builders. If you are visiting go by the park office next to the house and inquire about a guided tour, we've been two other times but never took the tour. We were all so pleased we did today the house was incredible!
A hidden gem? I think so😀 We were looking for a nice place just to relax and find Some peace and quiet from the busy streets of Coconut Grove on a Sunday afternoon. Bingo! This park may be small but it’s absolutely full of amazing features. The grass is super soft and fresh the views of the water brings in fresh air and beautiful sunlight. Volunteers who stand in front are always nice and sweet.
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