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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 #9 of 19 attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks
Description: Historic home of the author of "The Yearling."
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Louisville, Kentucky
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88 reviews 88 reviews
75 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
52 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Cape Coral, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

One of our favorite spots in Florida. Very different appearance from coastal Florida and well worth the short trip inland.

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Brandon, FL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Had a wonderful guide in Sheila Holloway. No rush and had so much interesting information. But... Also got alot out of the tour by first reading "Cross Creek". Recommend anyone going here do that first.

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Redlands, California
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154 reviews 154 reviews
70 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

My wife has an MA in English and I went along on the house tour because it was something she wanted to do. I ended up finding it very worthwhile. We watched the movies, "The Yearling," and "Cross Creek" before-hand which helped to place things in context. It was a fun look-back into the 1930s and what rural Florida was... More

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Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The early 20th century home of Ms. Rawlings is worth touring for history buffs and those who enjoy Ms. Rawlings books.

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Palm Bay, FL
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Although I knew little to nothing about this writer, my friend suggested a visit because she knows I like photographing historical places and buildings. It was worth the trip, but being that it was Christmas Eve, the guides never came outside but told me thru the window that there was no tour that day. So we never got to view... More

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DeLand, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

This place is a bit remote, but it is an excellent depiction of life in Florida back in the 1930's era. The grounds have a lot of trees and some citrus grove remnants. There is a guided tour of the house ($3 per person) which is very informative. Most of the furnishings are original. The have a veggie garden out... More

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Gainesville, Florida, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Well worth the 30 minute drive from Gainesville. A well preserved and displayed house and grounds where MK Rawlings lived and wrote. The docents are well informed. Might want to read "Cross Creek" by MKR and also "The Creek" by a neighbor of MKR, J.T. Glisson as background as it would make the place really come alive.

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