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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

 About Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Wooden chairs and table with old typewriter in the screened front porch of the home at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.


Valerie Rivers

Welcome to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park web site.

The winter garden continues to share its cold hardy bounty with us and the fruit on the citrus trees has ripened and is almost all picked. The staff and volunteers at the house sometimes make orange marmalade on the old wood burning stove, as they will on January 29th and 30th. As the guided house tours reach the kitchen (only $3 per adult!), the aroma and color are irresistible. Soon, perhaps early March, the orange trees will blossom and their scent will fill the air for a brief time before the white flowers fall to blanket their base.  This signals the time for planning the spring garden which should be planted sometime in April as the last freeze ends.  So as you travel around Florida, don’t forget to stop where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings found her home, her “place of enchantment.”

The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Although you can see inside the historic home every day, access inside is by guided tour only. Guided walks through the Rawlings home are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. from October through July. Tours are not offered on Thanksgiving or Christmas Days. Group tours can be scheduled, in advance, for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Reservations are required for group tours. To make reservations or for more information, call (352) 466-3672.

We hope you will join us soon on a guided walk through Rawlings' old Cross Creek home. Pets are welcome to the park on a hand-held leash (so they won't chase the chickens and the ducks!), but visitors who take the tour of the house need to be able to carry their pet. And remember, it's the 1930s and we are not air-conditioned or heated, so dress for the weather!

Come back into the past and visit us at Cross Creek. Relax, take a deep breath and explore an old farm. We look forward to seeing you this year.


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is located in Cross Creek, between Gainesville and Ocala, off County Road 325.


  • Volunteer - Volunteers assist in many ways at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. They greet visitors, provide guided tours through the historic farm house, help maintain the grounds, gardens, buildings and artifacts or work with the Friends of the M.K. Rawlings Farm, Inc. These volunteers create special events, conduct fundraising activities, manage special projects, coordinate grant requests and management and help maintain good contacts within the community. Volunteers are a critical part in the operation and maintenance of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.
  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of the M.K. Rawlings Farm, Inc.
  • P.O. Box 337 
    Micanopy, 32667-0337