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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 #7 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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Crescent City, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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199 reviews 199 reviews
59 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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Miami Beach, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Stop here time and time again...never get tired of it! Such interesting characters visited here. Inspirational woman.

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Myrtle Beach
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We were on our way to Bushnell, Florida for a funeral and decided to stop here since we were ahead of schedule. It was only a four mile detour off Hwy 301.We had passed the sign numerous times and kept on saying "one day we'll have to visit." I had seen the movie "Cross Creek" and the story intrigued me.... More

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Sanford, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

So much hype over the theme parks while the real deal Florida is passed over by so many. That is my constant lament as a native Floridian. Visiting here will give you an opportunity to see what it was like in the old days. My wife is an avid reader and she loves the books written by MKR so we... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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96 reviews 96 reviews
83 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

House and farm of the author of "The Yearling" and "Cross creek." House is full of original furnishing and possessions of M.K. Rawlings. Tour guide was very knowledgeable about Rawlings and local history, and had plenty of quirky anecdotes about her life there. Very much worth the drive from Gainesville.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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173 reviews 173 reviews
53 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

It was a great morning with the smell of orange blossems and we enjoyed the early morning activity. The chickens were under a blanket with a lamp on, the ducks were mating and the staff was completing chores. The old cracker home complete with 1940 yellow Oldsmobile and Rawlings typewiter of the front porch helped set the tone for her... More

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Miami, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The guides help you learn more about the special lady who penned "the Yearling" and her inspiration. The guide even gave the kids a copy of the book! We went in March and were able to smell the orange blossoms. A very special place.

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