Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, Hawthorne

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is a Florida State Park and historic site located on the former homestead of Florida author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. It is located in Cross Creek, Florida, between Ocala and Gainesville at 18700 South County Road 325.OverviewThe homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, added on September 29, 1970. The house and farm yard were designated a National Historic Landmark on September 27, 2006.Activities include hiking and hourly tours Thursday through Sunday, at 10 a.m. 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., except in August and September. Amenities include two short hiking trails and park employees that bring 1930s rural Florida to life with period clothing and stories. In addition, guests are invited to pick and sample oranges from the many trees within the property.Florida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays). The cost is $3 per car to enter the park.
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  • The aura surrounding MKR is worth exploring. Yes, the orange groves are good examples of old time Florida living, but it will mean so much more if you research MKR before you visit. Aside from being a...  more »
  • Very remote location with beautiful trees and a launching dock for boats. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home was not anything fancy considering her notoriety as a great author of The Yearling and Cross Cre...  more »
  • I went here with a few friends after reading Cross Creek. It was like you were stepping back in time and witnessing Florida life during another time. This really enhanced the book for me. The home its...  more »
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  • Fascinating and well maintained historic property. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and friendly and eager to talk about the history of the area as well as the property and its most famous resident. An interesting day trip and a throwback to old Florida. Some of the less appealing aspects of Rawlings' life are downplayed but that is to be expected of a state-run property. Overall a neat place to check out and the guided tours are well worth the $2 fee.
  • Cute place to walk around. There are guided tours and a short trail near the house. There are also ducks & chickens.
  • You can visit thhe homestead of Marjorie and learn about life in her time. This costs a small fee. Next to the homestead is a park with playground, a boat ramp, and some bank to fish from. I have caught bass and crappie here. Beware the occasional 'gator.
  • What an amazingly quaint little state park! Not much to do but tour the property and her 1930's farmhouse.
  • All natural, the vast majority of things are original, and beautiful. I accompanied my mother here the Sunday following mother's day. A man toured us with much information that was tastefully delivered. He was able and willing to answer questions, and there was not one he didn't know that I asked him. Very calm and lovely, with authenticity that isn't found everywhere!

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