The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
Before we visited Key Biscayne & Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, we stopped first at The Barnacle Historic State Park. This park features a historic old home and boathouse of one south Florida’s earliest pioneers Ralph Middleton Munroe.
We arrived early, but the park wasn’t open yet. This gave us time to get some coffee and wander along the streets of old Coconut Grove – which is just outside the park’s entrance. Soon the gates opened and we walked down the long forested drive to the old home. The house is situated on a hill overlooking Biscayne Bay. I would have liked to have painted the boathouse with the bay and sailboats as a backdrop – but the sun was too bright in that direction.
I settled on a spot in the shade of the boathouse towards the view of the Barnacle with one of the iconic coconut palms in the foreground. After painting I peeked in some of the windows of the home and it is decorated just like it was in the old days. Overall a good glimpse at what life in south Florida was like back in the old days. For the wealthier anyways!
For more information about this park, visit their website