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Charles Deering Estate

Charles Deering Estate Amid 440 acres on the Atlantic Coastal Ridge lies the Charles Deering Estate. Located on the property are two historic buildings, the main house (built by the Richmond family in 1896) and the Richmond Cottage, the first hotel (opened in 1900) between Coconut Grove and Key West. The property was purchased in 1913 by industrialist Charles Deering, son of the founder of Deering Harvesting Machine Company and International Harvester, and brother of James Deering, owner of the palatial Vizcaya nearby. Construction of the unique keyhole-shaped boat basin was begun in 1916, and completed two years later. Arriving boats had a grand view of the Cottage, the primary focal point from the basin. A winter home was built on the property in 1922. It housed Deering's collections of tapestries, art, and furnishings.

The property remained in the ownership of Deering's descendants until 1980. In 1985, the property was purchsed by the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County, and is now a grand park open to the public. The land is home to a several endangered habitats, including over 100 acres of coastal tropical hardwood hammock and 150 acres of pine rockland forest. Native plants abound on the property, and well as a wide variety of wildlife.

The Estate is open from 10 AM to 5 PM everyday (except Christmas and Thanksgiving). Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children up to 14. Admission includes guided tours of the structures and the hardwood hammock. The beauty of the land alone is worth the price of admission - I could spend a whole day here!

Price range: $5.00-$7.00 per person

Location:

16701 SW 72 Ave
Miami FL 33157
305-235-1668
440 acres

Web site:

www.deeringestate.org


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