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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

18700 S. CR 325, Cross Creek, Gainesville, FL 32640
352-466-3672
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Ranked #8 of 20 Attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks
Description: Historic home of the author of "The Yearling."
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The Villages, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Having read The Yearling and heard about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings it was of great interest to actually see where she had lived and had written her book. It takes you back into a time when life was very different than today-The location is now attached to the portfolio of Florida State Parks and there is an admission fee to the... More

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

To understand the mindset of Marjorie Rawlings during the period of her most prolific writing, you must visit her home just outside Gainesville, in Cross Creek, Florida. This authentically maintained Florida Cracker home beckons back to a bygone era when Florida was a frontier and life had different challenges than today. A wonderful step back in time.

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Edgewater, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The area is splendid and historical indeed, but the heat index was almost unbearable. The locals provided airboat rides on some awesome boats!

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Dade City, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Everyone needs to see her place at least once in order to get a better perspective when you read her books.

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East Coast
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you are a fan of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings books, or even if you've never heard of her, this is an enjoyable stop. I visited in August--when the house is not open for tours--but was able to look in windows and open doors. (There is self-pay box for donations, but no fee off-season). The doors are not normally open during... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's Home is very much as it was when she lived there. The barn and out buildings are there and the house is situated so you can look inside through the doors and windows. The paths that she talks about in her book Cross Creek are still there and the main way to the orange groves on her... More

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Crescent City, California
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

On a planned visit to Jekyll Island in Georgia, I decided to earn some points with my fiancee and booked a room at Sweetwater Branch Inn B&B in Gainesville with a visit to the park the following morning. We arrived on a day when tours were not scheduled, but the mosquitoes were working overtime! Just as we were about to... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an amazing woman and gifted writer. She and her husband moved to this orange grove together and when they divorced, she remained here by herself. An unusual move by today's standards, and almost unheard of in the 1930s. So Ms. Rawlings is a hero of mine for that!( And for the amazing books she wrote) Her... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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218 reviews 218 reviews
68 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a must visit if you like Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's books aka The Yearling and others. Interesting grounds with roosters and hens running around, and also a bunch of ducks. Many orange trees on the property as well. If you go during the summer take bug spray with you. The house itself is not air conditioned but has lots... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Located ~20 minutes out of Gainesville, the MKR Historic State Park is worth the drive. There's something magical and dreamy about this small house and its grounds. With no hokum, no period costumes, with almost no interpretive placards, it transports me back to a Florida that has disappeared, an isolated natural paradise inhabited by folk who were poor, quirky, self-reliant... More

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