According to her biographer, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings had two secret life time dreams: one was to win the Nobel Prize for literature and the other was to have a rose named after her. Silverthorne adds that although “neither of these dreams came true, they illuminate the things that were important to her.” Last year, one of these dreams did come true when two Florida Southern College professors...
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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
Welcome to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
Visitors to this old 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 wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Yearling and other wonderful works of fiction, has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived here. 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 at 10 and 11 am and at 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm. Picnic facilities, a boat ramp to Orange Lake and a playground are located in the adjacent county park.
Before you come, you might enjoy picking up a copy of one of Marjorie Rawlings books and use her words to travel back to frontier Florida – and then come see us at the park and explore her farmyard, grove, seasonal garden and trails. Her book about her life here, Cross Creek, will take you directly back to life on this land and in this community.
We’ve mentioned our geo-cache in several places and included a warning about the sprinklers. This has both amused and sometimes confused our geo-seeking visitors. Yes, we have a hidden box in the farmyard area that is fun to find. Check out the Geo-seeking page before you come so you too can find our geo-cache. We are proud to have been visited and liked by many.
And if you have time, explore the rest of the farm, take a trail into the wooded area or join us on a guided tour of the home. We are an important part of your history. 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, our nation’s highest historic recognition.