Los Angeles Times

Coconut Grove: The Barnacle lives on

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 boats. 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. FYI The Barnacle is in Coconut Grove at 3485 Main Highway and is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday through Monday with guided tours at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On the web, go to www.floridastateparks.orgPHOTO BY JOHN ADAMS/FLORIDA STATE PARKS