FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2013
THE COCONUT GROVE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
AND HISTORYMIAMI CELEBRATE THE
140TH ANNIVERSARY OF COCONUT GROVE
Free historic walking and bike tours will be available to the public
to commemorate the milestone.
What: In celebration of Coconut Grove’s 140th anniversary, the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District in collaboration with HistoryMiami will offer FREE historic walking and bike tours to the public. Join local historians Dr. Paul George and Frank Schena as they uncover the fascinating history of Miami’s oldest community, established in 1873. Visit memorable sites including the Peacock Inn, Millionaire’s Row, the old Pan American Airways seaplane terminal, the first public school in Dade County, and the Barnacle, the preserved home of Commodore Ralph Munroe. The Barnacle, which was built in 1891, is the oldest home in Miami still in its original location. “From its beginnings in 1873, Coconut Grove has represented one of Greater Miami’s most attractive, exciting, and compelling communities. Add equal dollops of beauty, creativity, eccentricity, and profound institutional development and you have the area that has appealed to residents and visitors alike for the past 140 years,” said historian Dr. Paul George. Among Coconut Grove’s residents and visitors were many influential Americans including Robert Frost, Tennessee Williams, Alexander Graham Bell, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, William Deering, William Matheson, David Fairchild, and others.
When: Historic Walking Tours with Dr. Paul George: Sundays, October 13 and November 24 at 9:30 am; Historic Bike Tours* with Frank Schena: Sundays, October 20 and November 3 at 9:30 am. *Participants must bring their own bikes.
Where: Meeting location will be announced at time of reservation.
Who: Professor and historian Dr. Paul George and Eco-historian Frank Schena.
Admission: FREE, Advanced Reservations Required. Space is limited.
Contact: For more information, call the Coconut Grove BID at 305-461-5506.
About the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID)
The Coconut Grove BID is a Board of the City of Miami that exists to improve the quality and financial success of Coconut Grove’s commercial core. It enhances safety, sanitation, streetscape, and marketing, as well as supports special events in the District. For more information about the Coconut Grove BID, please visit www.coconutgrove.com or call 305-461-5506.
HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. We accomplish this through education, collections, research, exhibitions, publications and city tours. For more information about HistoryMiami, please visit www.historymiami.org.