Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, Hawthorne

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4.6/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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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  • Unknown to us, the house is closed August and September. We did enjoy strolling about the property. This site is a National Historic Landmark. The Fl. State Park brochures state Cross Creek or Hawthor...  read more »
  • Greatly enjoyed this visit to historical home of Marjorie Rawlings who was award winning author of The Yearling. So many old items on this land. Old barn. Old tractor. Old wagon. Old car. (1943). Old ...  read more »
  • I guess it's okay if you like that sort of thing. I found it just slightly interesting. The old buildings besides the house were more intriguing. Luckily its free. The boat ramp to Orange Lake is good...  read more »
  • Cross Creek is a lively bit of old Florida. Good boat launch nearby. Museum shows old cracker style house. Park good for picnic. Lodging in fish camp nearby. Convenient to Lake Lochloosa or Orange Lake.
  • Pretty, if small, state park. Full of history and the life of a wonderful woman who recorded the culture of early Florida, before the developers took over. A time of orange groves, and not having a neighbor within a mile. A culture of rural, agricultural Florida, a simpler time. You can see Rawlings' home furnished the way it was when she lived there.
  • I❤️MKR, her books & this sweet preservation of her home is a treasure! Every aspect was perfect. The guide was superb- THANK YOU!!!
  • Hands down a terrific place to visit. Be sure to read Rawling's Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Yearling and her memoir Cross Creek before visiting. That way you will have a much greater understanding of the museum. The house and grounds are as she left it. Even the furniture in the house is 90% original. Be sure to look for the 8x10 inch plaque displaying her Pulitzer Prize. The house is open for tours Thursday through Sunday. You need to put $3 in an envelope in the parking lot and put the hanging tab on your car mirror. The tours are $3 per person. Unfortunately, the museum is not handicap friendly. But the grounds are lovely and there is a terrific picnic ground and boat ramp.
  • A step back in time! Well worth the visit. We went on Monday and the place was deserted. It was nice to wander the grounds alone but the home and buildings were not accessible. You could look in through the screen doors. Three dollars to park unless you are a Food Stamp Card Holder.
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