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Welcome to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Visitors to this Florida homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek. Her cracker style home and farm, where she lived for 25 years and wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Yearling, has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived here. Rawlings´ farmyard, grove, and nature trails are open 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. daily, throughout the year. Visitors may tour the house with a ranger in period costume from October through July, Thursday through Sunday five times daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Picnic facilities are located in the adjacent county park. Located in Cross Creek off County Road 325.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first building we come to is the barn. It's small but functional, and is set up as an interpretive center for a presentation by one of the period-dressed park rangers.

 

It's also a gathering place for some Mallards... (Jakbrand picked up a little on the duck theme earlier!)

 

 

A much needed duck close up....adventure riding is a lot like a duck. You can hang out in water, tread around, honk you horn, wander aimlessly looking for something to eat........and you quack a lot.... did I mention water rolls off their back?

 

 

So heres the main house, restored to how it was in the 1930's. Fixtures and furnishings. Cracker.

 

 

On a typical Cracker house the second building was usually the kitchen and dining area. It was seperated by a breezeway. This actually made the house cool inside as the wids would channel through the breezeway taking the warm air from inside with it. On this house they were converted into a den and gueast rooms...

 

 

A sundial keeps watch of the passing time out in the front yard....

 

 

Having an interest in construction, Bert said he was just checking the architecture in general, and was looking for some ideas for his house... he was in there for a while so it must be true....

 

The back third of the house, complete with her Buick I think it was. Tag on the back is dated 1940...

 

Being a working homestead and being true to early Florida, there are many opportuities to see how people lived self-sufficantly.....

 

...and I'm not sure of Bob's intentions...we have gone Cracker for this tour... and they did have duck on the menu at The Yearling.... but alas.... the ducks were too quick for Bob... who now has to live with the fact he's not fast enough to catch a duck...

 

 

...and so from here we end the Cross Creek chapter of the journey. What lies ahead is the mythical and the historic...

 

The bikes rumble to life, and we pull away from Cross Creek...

 


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