Coconut Grove Historic Homes
Coconut Grove's story may be one of my personal favorites when it comes to Miami History. The area was one of the first inhabited areas in Dade County and one of the few areas to maintain such a strong sense of character and vision from its first pioneers. A goldmine of architectural history. Whether it be Peacock Park or The Women's Club of Coconut Grove OR The Barnacle State Park, one thing is for sure and that is The Grove is booming with historic symbolism. Flora Mcfarlane, Ralph Munroe, Charles Peacock, Dr. Horace Porter, and many other notable names in the Coconut Grove area have played a crucial role in making this neighborhood what it is today. Now, for a bit of background, let's take a drive down McFarlane Road. In 1873, Dr. Horace Porter applied for a U.S Post Office, got it, and named it Cocoanut Grove, as it was spelled back in 1873. Named quite fittingly by Porter after noticing some coconut palm trees nearby. Although, this was not how the Grove received it's name. Not long after Porter left the area, the post office became old news. In the late 1880s, Ralph Munroe reopened the post office and just like that, Coconut Grove was born. Coconut Grove nowadays is a blast from the past. As the oldest neighborhood in Miami, Coconut Grove is the same as it always was, rich with aesthetic beauty and historical relevance that will live on for years to come.