Buried as it were, pun intended, on a back street residential area in South Miami / Coral Gables is the Pinewood Cemetery. Its not easy to get to and not really all that easy to find and if you’re a tourist in Miami there’s probably not a whole heck of a lot of reason for you to visit, it’s not nearly as grand as the cemetery in Recoleta, as famous as Montmartre in Paris , or as spooky as those dotted about New Orleans – it’s local place, quite literally. About as local as you can get, Pinewood Cemetery is the final resting place of the very earliest settlers of Miami, names that for the most part don’t mean a whole heck of a lot, and probably don’t ring any bells. The cemetery itself was almost lost to time, it’s in an overgrown hammock south of Sunset Drive along Erwin Road. Keeping in mind that the city of Miami was only incorporated in 1897, the first burials that anyone knows of in Pinewood were around 1855, although no one is certain, the first plat of the cemetery was filed in September of 1911 and has the names of Munroe, Hardee, Larkin, Perry, Barrs and many other of the original land owners and settlers. To note, while both Kirk and Ralph Munroe are on the plat map, Ralph was buried in Concord Massachusetts and Kirk is supposedly buried at the Miami Woodlawn Cemetery. The Hardee family, is inscribed on Miami’s history as the beautiful Hardee Avenue.
Since 1983 the locals and the City of Coral Gables have been caring for, maintaining and preserving the cemetery. It’s a lovely and very peaceful place to wander around for a bit, a nice stop off if you happen to be biking around South Miami or South East Coral Gables.