Historic House Tours : Access to the Historic House is by Ranger Led Tours Only. Ranger Led Tours are held from October through July (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving) on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10...
Historic house as viewed from the farmyard
The front porch where Rawlings did most of her writing, surrounded by the harmony of the land she loved.
A glimpse of the Rawlings’ bedroom and bath, with the original 4-poster bed
An old fashioned treadle sewing machine
Rawlings loved to walk in the shade of the orange trees
The indoor bathroom, which was a luxury for this place and time
The historic tenant house is located at the far corner of the orange grove
The kitchen garden at the back of the farmhouse furnished food and flowers from all seasons
A distant view of the historic Rawlings home showing orange trees on both sides
An old-fashioned typewriter sits on the home-made table surrounded by flowers and papers. Through the screened front porch, the grass and plants of her front yard can be seen.
The dark wooden bed is covered with a white coverlet and a breakfast tray. The four tall posts stand out against the lighter was and a peak of the bathroom can be seen to the right.
Rawlings wrote about sewing clothes for a neighbor’s children. The effort to sew always required a headache powder.
The glowing fruit and glossy green leaves of the orange tree hangs in front of the white bedroom wing of the farm house.
To the left the sink and toilet stand side by side; to the right is the old claw-foot tub – In the center is the braided rug.
A small single story structure with an open porch that runs most of its length, the tenant house is surrounded by a sand yard and trees.
Rows of parallel plantings, each a little different, stretch side-by-side into the garden.

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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.

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