Constructing a fine home on a protected shore in 1891, Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe spent his latter years designing and sailing yachts.
The city of Miami – and its tony enclave of Coconut Grove – grew up around his cherished retreat, The Barnacle, situated in the dense jungle of the Miami Hammock.
Location: Coconut Grove
Fees: $2 per person. House tours $3 adults, $1 children
Open: Wed-Mon 9-5. House tours at 10, 11:30, 1, 2:30. Closed holidays.
Address: 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove
Little remains of the grand forest that the Commodore loved, but his estate, now sandwiched between condos and neighborhoods, protects the last major remnant of Miami’s original tropical forest and offers a glimpse into Munroe’s life through a tour of his home.