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Barnacle State Historic Site

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A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER Katrina Boler The view from the front porch changes day to day, season to season. The Barnacle is steadfast in her gaze into the nineteenth century. Ralph Munroe discovered his paradise on the Florida Frontier and sought to share it with those around him. It's with that spirit we plan our special events and programs. As the seasons change, so does The Barnacle. A tour through the Munroe home shows a depiction of how the family may have decorated their Christmas tree. See the late 19th - early 20th century ornaments on the fragrant tree in the Living Room. Following the Southern tradition of Christmas ornaments being packed away before New Year's Day, the tree is up only until December 31, so don't miss it! Yoga by the Sea is on hiatus for the holidays from December 17-31. Set your intentions and make your New Year's Resolution to include a yoga practice at The Barnacle as Yoga by the Sea resumes on Wednesday, January 2 at 6:00 p.m. Circle Friday, January 4 on your calendar as a reminder for the next Up Past Bedtime Kids' Movie at The Barnacle. Before school begins for the second semester, treat the family to a screening of Balto. Bring a blanket, picnic, and friends and enjoy a family night out in the park.

There's something for everyone at The Barnacle, so save our events page as a favorite to be sure to keep up with what's happening at YOUR state park and when because there's a lot more to come this season!This beautiful house with a whimsical name dates to a quieter time. The Barnacle, built in 1891, offers a glimpse of Old Florida during The Era of the Bay. 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's principal passion was designing yachts. In his lifetime, he drew plans for 56 different sailboats. As a seaman, civic activist, naturalist, and photographer, Commodore Munroe was a man who cherished the natural world around him. A walk into the park passes through a tropical hardwood hammock. In the 1920s, it was representative of the original landscape within the city of Miami. Today, it is one of the last remnants of the once vast Miami Hammock. Enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs on the spacious porch used as a gathering place or on a bench under a tree for solitude.

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