Coconut Grove Miami
Coconut Grove (or the Grove) is a typical Miami
in Miami-Dade County,
except for the fact that it is one of the most
diversified melting pots of culture on the East
The Grove’s first record of immigrant settlers
dates back to the 1800’s. From the mid 1800’s
until the turn of the century, Coconut Grove
(spelled Coconut Grove back then) was built by
the labor and sweat of mostly immigrant workers.
Notably the first black settlement was
established by craftsmen from the Bahamas around
1880. The Bahamian people have proven themselves
to be a large factor in the success and
development of this area of Miami.
Annually in mid-June a large
festival takes place along Grand Avenue
celebrate the Bahamian culture in an abstract
form of a thank-you.
The Goombay Festival, as it has been named,
turns the entire area into
a Caribbean paradise.
The festival includes
different native Bahamian dancing, foods, music,
and spotlights the heritage that the Bahamian
people introduced to the Grove.
Another point of interest in Coconut Grove is
the Peacock Inn. This inn was built in 1882 and
was the first hotel to ever be built on the
South Florida Mainland.The Peacock Inn
(formerly known as the Bay View Inn) was also
built by the hard work of two English
immigrants, Isabella and Charles Peacock. The
couple sold their meat business in London and
immigrated to Southern Florida looking for new
Although we can tie many great things to the
people of neighboring countries, The Grove also
produces some home-grown American pride as well.
Some of the greatest minds, in their field of
expertise, have drawn inspiration from this
neighborhood. Alexander Graham Bell, Tennessee
Williams, and Robert Frost are some of the more
celebrated names that called Coconut Grove home.Inspiration comes in many forms, but the most
widely remembered is always music. The Grove has
been pumping brilliant musicians into the music
business for years. Some of this neighborhood’s
past residents included Jimmy Buffet, Jose
Feliciano, Joni Mitchell, Fred Neil, David
Crosby, and The Lovin’ Spoonfuls.
It’s easy to understand why Miami annexed this
small town almost 90 years ago. The tax revenue
that Miami collects annually from this once
incorporated city adds a large chunk of money to
their budget. Many of the historians and
neighborhood preservation groups still speak
badly about the acquisition of The Grove.
Apparently, according to records of the event; a
vote to annex the village was ordered at a time
when most of the residents were not there to
attend and no formal announcement was made
stating that there would be such a vote.