Second Floor of The Barnacle
The Barnacle. Photo Credit: Bill Sumner
Paved Road Through the Hammock. Photo credit: Bill Sumner.
Live Oak
View of the Bay from the High Ground
The Commodore's Boathouse.
Inside the Boathouse
Early Morning at The Barnacle
Upper floor stairway landing. There are open doors on either side of a built in buffet and curtains behind the stairway. The railing for an open attic is visible at the top.
Two-story house with a high-pitched, tile roof. A lawn stretches out in front and there are many tall trees in back.
Shady paved road through a lush growth of trees and shrubs.
A majestic Live Oak covered with Spanish moss spreads its branches near the back door of the main house.
A landscaped lawn with many trees leads down to the bay. A house surrounded by a flowering hedge is on the right. A shelter is visible in the background.
A two-story rectangular building with the sea and sky behind it and boats in the distance. Guywires near each corner of the structure provide stability during storms.
Rustic room with beamed and braced ceiling and wood floor. Windows and workbenches line the walls. A wooden dinghy leans over on its keel on the left.
Sea and sky at daybreak. A wooden dock extends from the left and several boats are at their moorings.

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The Barnacle Historic State Park

Welcome to The Barnacle Historic State Park

This beautiful house with a whimsical name dates to a simpler time. The Barnacle, built in 1891, offers a glimpse of frontier life during The Era of the Bay, when all travel to and from Miami was by boat. Situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay, this was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove's most charming and influential pioneers. Munroe preserved the forest on his land, cutting out only a winding buggy trail through the hammock—barely wide enough for one vehicle. As a result, the property contains many large, old trees. Left in its natural state, The Barnacle Historic State Park appears much as it did in Munroe's day, complete with replicas of two of his sailboats: Egret, a 28-foot (8.5m) sharpie ketch, designed in 1886, and the Flying Proa, designed in 1898. It is a great place to enjoy simple pleasures: A tour with new or old friends; a picnic on the lawn; walking with the family dog down a tree-lined path; or just rocking in a chair on the spacious front porch and watching the sailboats go by.

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The Barnacle Historic State Park is featured on the Firsthand Florida Fun Blog. Experience this park with Erika Z.’s YouTube video and check out past blog posts from other Florida State Parks.


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