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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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Loved the Oranges!

We visited here with family from Gainesville. Although we did not take the tour, we thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds and picking fresh oranges! The caretaker/tour guide... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
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Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We visited here with family from Gainesville. Although we did not take the tour, we thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds and picking fresh oranges! The caretaker/tour guide invited us to as many oranges as we could take and even provided us with a "picker" to pull them from the tops of the trees. The property is beautiful and we would... More 

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Cleveland Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We were late in getting there but the guide took the time to tell us all about Marjorie and her times. Made our later trip to St Augustine more meaningful too

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I visited this incredible place when it was cold and messy in the Northeast. The lure of great food and sunshine took me south and I found myself in Micanopy eating pie and then not long afterward walking through this superior historic site. The guides were fabulous. I felt like a writer.

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Dunnellon, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Yesterday, my DH surprised me with a trip to Cross Creek to visit the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. What a wonderful day we had. The weather was perfect, sunny and bright. The house and orchard were of particular interest to me as a writer, and I found the volunteers who assist with the tours at the site knowledgeable... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is a must do if you are in this area.....lots of history....very nice staff.....beautiful old home......

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Savannah, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Great place to visit. Learned a lot about Rawlings and we were able to take a few oranges and tangerines from her heavily laden trees. Also enjoyed the farm buildings near the farm. The whole park is like stepping back in time!

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Waterloo, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My wife and I spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon at the MKR Historic Park in Cross Creek, Florida. It certainly looks like the state has taken very good care of her house since the ownership passed into their hands. The grounds and building are much like they were in Margorie's time. The guide, Rob was very knowledgable and certainly well... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Visiting this serene and earthy historic site is one of those "stop and smell the roses" kind of activities. Whether traveling through or planning an outing for the family, the Rawlings farm is certainly worth some time and a little money. The park offers parking, a boat ramp (lake nearby), picnic areas, and the Rawlings estate. Down the road is... More 

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Waterloo, Ont., Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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7 reviews 7 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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