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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  • The house was beautifully restored, and it sits on a gorgeous piece of Biscayne Bay shoreline. The guides are great --you truly get a sense of old Miami. It's wonderful it didn't fall prey to developm...  more »
  • I normally love the parks and other public spaces in the Miami area, but not this one. It really was a dissapointment. Nothing to see other than an old house.  more »
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  • This park is a perfect little taste of Florida. Feels so peaceful and serene. I have come in the rain and shine to take a walk and escape the hustle and bustle of Coconut Grove. I love the water and mangroves. Great seating options too.
  • The Barnacle Historic State Park is a good place that you can go and enjoyed. Since the first moment that you walk in you can feel the peace and freshest of the place. Even though there is no air condition inside the house you can enjoy your visits. It’s one of the older houses in the city. I really recommend this place.
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