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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

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Address: 18700 S. CR 325, Cross Creek, Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone Number: 352-466-3672
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Description: Historic home of the author of "The Yearling."
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Enriching experience

We visited on a January Saturday, when -- according to the website -- no guided tours of the house were scheduled. In fact, a tour was just starting when we arrived. It lasted one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 11, 2015
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Waterloo, Ont., Canada
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Waterloo, Ont., Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We visited on a January Saturday, when -- according to the website -- no guided tours of the house were scheduled. In fact, a tour was just starting when we arrived. It lasted one wonderful, enriching hour. Our guide (I think his name was Rick) was in love with Rawlings's work, knew it intimately, and shared his enthusiasm. He also... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I must admit I had never even heard of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings before we arrived in Florida where I spent the latter half of 2014. Thankfully, our landlady had placed a copy of Rawlings' Pulitzer Price-winning novel "The Yearling" strategically in our Gainesville temporary home. So on our last weekend in Gainesville, my wife, my daughter and I finally visited... More 

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Valrico, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Wow! Old Florida and a significant piece of literary history came from this quaint little place. Home sits in an orange grove, easy access from the parking lot, short wait for the tour, knowledgeable tour guides, and when the tour is finished you may stay as long as you like. It's located adjacent to a tree shaded park so you... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I was in Gainesville and decided to drive here for a visit. I strolled through the grounds with its citrus trees and chickens. I took the house tour. Very interesting seeing all the dated furniture and appliances. And the old car beside the house. This was a trip back in time.

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Wonderful guides took painstaking efforts to bring alive Rawlings' era! I visited for a few hours on the afternoon 14 November, and wish I could have stayed longer. The transplanted gent from the Bronx in period attire was an enthusiastic, erudite and insightful guide to the Florida of yesterday and today. The lady who led the house tour shared several... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This place can appeal to so many types of people, fans of Rawlings, naturally, but also those who have any interest in how writers work and gain inspiration, those interested in life in the 1930s-40s, home architecture, Florida history, citrus industry, or natural history. I would advise you to take the house tour if you can, not sure you'll get... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My mother had ta copy of "The Yearling" as a child, and I remember reading when I was young, too. Somehow I expected this to be a nice old house and nothing much more. But it positively oozes atmosphere. Don't expect a big showy place. MKR moved here for peace and quiet, and that is what is preserved so well.... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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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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