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Barnacle Historic State Park, Miami

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3.5/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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. 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 Barnacle is set in a great area of Miami-Coral Gables. The entrance of the park and side walk is worth the trip. The house it self is cool and it has a nice view of Biscayne Bay but other than tha...  read more »
  • Small park not at all in the image of the American Parks without great interest. As soon as we walk along a small path with different varieties of trees that give us the impression of being in the forest to get very quickly over a large area of lawn that leads us to a tiny dock. We could not visit the House, it was closed. We paid $ 2 admission per person + $ 5 parking for really not much thing. We had to stay 1/2 hour and yet unhurried. Money wasted for nothing.
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  • This is a long narrow park that stretches from a main road to the water. We visited on a Saturday morning. Admission was $2 honor system. It is a nice easy walk, handicap accessible. The curious well ...  read more »
  • First time visiting this home in my 38 years living in Miami. Good to know the history of Mr. Ralph Munroe. Very nice grounds to take pictures and make sure that you take a tour of his home.?
  • It's interesting for someone who enjoys American history. It has some construction that has resisted hurricanes and it tells about the beginning of Miami foundation.
  • Really small park. It's a nice walk if your in the area. This place shouldn't be your reason to visit the area though.
  • A nice place to go for a walk. I'm glad it was preserved.
  • Good place to walk and beautifully preserved.
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