Experiences & Amenities
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Two fifteen minute hiking trails move away from the farmyard and into the woods. The East Grove Trail is a wide trail that begins directly in front of the historic house. It was once the access road to a young orange grove that Rawlings planted and now moves east through a hammock. Behind the house, a narrow jungle trail leads through fern forests to a cypress grove. The short walk north from the parking area to the farmyard is along a trail through the citrus grove.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House Tour
Guided tours at the park begin at the barn, walk through the farmyard and then through the historic house. Tour guides will talk about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' life, her writing, farm life in the 1930s, and Cross Creek. Tours are offered Thursdays through Sundays, October through July (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving) at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Tours are $3 for adults, $2 for children 6-12; younger children are free. Group tours can be scheduled, in advance, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Reservations are required for group tours. To make reservations or for more information, call 352-466-3672. Access inside the house is by guided tour only. Without taking the guided tour, you can see inside the historic home as you walk around the outside with our self-guided brochure. You can also enjoy the grove, trails and seasonal garden.
Marjorie K. Rawlings and Black History
Ranger-led tour about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her changing understanding of what is was like to be black in America. The program includes information about her work and letters, and her friendships with prominent black Americans, including Zora Neale Hurston. This program is available only by contacting park staff in advance to schedule tour. Park admission plus tour fee. For more information, call 352-466-3672.
Near the cracker farmhouse at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park are ornamental plants of the varieties Rawlings cultivated. A seasonal kitchen garden, with herbs, flowers and vegetables, is grown in the fall and spring every year, just as Rawlings would have done. A citrus grove of orange, grapefruit and tangerine trees surrounds the house.
In 2007, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings house and farmyard was designated as a National Historic Landmark, our nation's highest historic recognition.
The entire farmyard is set in the 1930s as it was in Rawlings' time, creating a living exhibit. Each structure and artifact tells a story of life in that time. Guides and brochures are available to give additional information.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times. If you take a tour of the house, pets must be hand carried.