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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

 
18700 S. County Road 325 Cross Creek, FL 32640
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Visitors to this Florida homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek. Her cracker style home and farm, where she lived for 25 years and wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Yearling, has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived here.

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Tours of historic homes provide a look at the struggles and successes of past generations. Visit a working century farm and the homestead of a famous author. Gainesville features many places for lodging and restaurants.   DAY ONE: Dudley Farm Historic State Park is an authentic working farm demonstrating the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid- 1940s. The homestead consists of 18 buildings, including an 1880s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and a functional cane syrup complex complete with park staff completing daily chores. This park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday (it is closed Monday and Tuesday).   DAY TWO: Walk back in time to the 1930;s where Pulitzer-prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived, worked and wrote her novel, the Yearling. Designated a National Historic Landmark, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, has been restored and preserved with picnic facilities and playgrounds are nearby. Tours are available October - July, Thursday-Sunday.   BONUS TIP: Go to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy for camping overnight. Explore the Visitor Center's exhibits and audio-visual program on the great Alachua Savanna and climb the observation tower for a look at the prairie.
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Michelle M.
April 1, 2016
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Authenticity. You've found it. If you haven't read The Yearling or Cross Creek, you might not understand how amazing this place is. But even so, if you...
Ryan W.
May 15, 2018
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Before anyone reads this review there is one thing to know. There are two perceptions of MKR State Park. To the casual observer, it was the home of a...
Stephanie J.
Nov. 18, 2017
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I went here with a few friends after reading Cross Creek. It was like you were stepping back in time and witnessing Florida life during another time. This...
 
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