Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
About Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER
Welcome to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park web site. As you travel around Florida, don't forget to stop where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings found her home, her "place of enchantment." It is now spring, the new garden has been planted and the orange blossoms are blooming in the grove. Rangers in 1930s period clothing will share her stories and farm life with you. Remember to walk through the citrus grove, see the historic home and tenant house, and wander the paths around the garden and deeper into the woods.
We are still celebrating the 75 years since Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her masterpiece, The Yearling. Pick up a copy and travel back to frontier Florida with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings – and then come see us at the park and explore her farmyard, grove, seasonal garden and trails. We're also happy to be participating in the Florida Park Service's Operation Recreation GeoTour. Come visit and find a special cache?
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