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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  • A hidden gem of a park in the heart of Coconut Grove. A great spot to stop by during a scenic bike ride thru area.
  • Beautiful Park,the historic place with a lot of tropical hardwood hammock around and the great view to Biscayne Bay,nice tour in the cozy house,staff very cool special the range/gift shop guy .I like the big pavilion for rent with a moderate price for all kinds of occasions with 50 guest max but No alcohol
  • A small park with a good view of the bay. Not much to do here but a good place to relax.
  • Very cute and quaint. Also very small but a nice inclusion in the city. The rangers were very helpful and friendly
  • Nice place to visit, the view is beautiful!!! I recommend you the tour inside of the house, very interesting and well narrated and explained by this less young nice man. It is a grate miracle that this please has survived as it was.

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