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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Address: 18700 S. CR 325, Cross Creek, Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone Number: 352-466-3672
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Hawthorne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: Historic home of the author of "The Yearling."
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Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Outdoors
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Historic home of the author of "The Yearling."
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Boca Raton, Florida
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423 reviews 423 reviews
215 attraction reviews
351 helpful votes 351 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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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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13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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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 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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52 helpful votes 52 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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