The Merrick House in Coral Gables, boyhood home of the city’s founder, George Merrick, is holding free monthly events to give people a chance to learn about the history of Merrick and his family.
The series, titled “Sundays on the Porch with George,” features jazz performances, cooking demonstrations, gardening exhibits and more. All of the events are tied in some way to Merrick family history.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 15, there will be live music, caroling and a visit from Santa Claus, with tours of the decorated house. On Jan. 12, also at 1 p.m., a fruit festival is planned. On Feb. 9, a celebration marking the wedding of Eunice Peacock and George Merrick will be held.
The neighborhood treasure is at 907 Coral Way in Coral Gables, a suburb of Miami and one of the first planned communities in the United States.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Merrick came to Florida in 1898 at age 12. In 1915, he was appointed as a Dade County commissioner and began working on road projects, which would help lead to the development of Coral Gables.
Beginning in 1922, on 3,000 acres of citrus groves and land covered in pine trees that his father left him, Merrick carved out a town along the lines of the City Beautiful movement. He studied the architectural styles of Spain and other Mediterranean countries, and recruited talented architects to design the new town in great detail, featuring wide, tree-lined boulevards, ornate plazas, grand entranceways, plenty of green space and careful zoning restrictions to keep neighborhoods distinct.
Info: 305-460-5361; coralgables.com