Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
Welcome to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
This spring, as the orange blossoms are just budding out and the aroma fills the park, we conclude “The Year of The Yearling.” The Year of The Yearling was a series of events that has celebrated the publication of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ The Yearling in April 1938, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize the following April. Even after 75 years, this story of a young boy and his pet fawn, as they mature from one spring to the next in the Florida scrub, rings with authenticity and life. You can still celebrate: just pick up a copy of the book, slip into the Florida wilderness, and then come visit us at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.
We look forward to seeing you this year as we honor Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and remember her Pulitzer-prize winning novel, The Yearling.
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.
Marjorie Rawlings was honored as a First Floridian by Governor Charlie Crist in March 2009. The United States Postal Service released a commemorative stamp in 2008 honoring Rawlings and the literary arts. In 2007, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings house and farm yard was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The park is open every day and visitors may tour the house with a ranger in period costume from October through July, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Picnic facilities and a playground are located in the adjacent county park.