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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  • A visit here is like taking a step back in time to the authentic Florida -- the way it was in the 1930s-50s before tourism growth. We went because I enjoy visiting writer’s homes, but I never imagined...  more »
  • We've lived about 2 hours from the park for 16 years and unfortunately never drove over to visit it. What a lovely park and the tour of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings homestead was fascinating! Our guide wh...  more »
  • Our Book Club toured Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' home. Our tour guide (a retired veterinarian) was extremely informative on all phases of Rawlings home and her life. We loved the tour. 
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  • Small park on the water with a boat launch. Did have a small kids play area. They have a museum maintained by volunteers of Marjorie Kannan Rawlings home, barn, and servants buildings. From the early 1930's time. Donations are requested and tours are given. Marjorie was an author who wrote Cross Creek and many other books. The book Cross Creek was about living there and the neighborhood.
  • MKR State Park offers a glimpse into old Florida. It's quiet and beautiful and if you hit it in the right season, the smell of orange blossoms will make your day. The volunteers that preserve Rawlings' old house and grounds are well-versed in the history of the place. Reading Cross Creek or The Yearling will help you appreciate the park. There is a great picnic spot outside the front gate as well as a boat ramp and playground. Two nature trails are available also. House tours cease during the summer so call ahead to find out what's available.
  • It's like stepping right back to Old Florida. Marjorie was a very interesting woman and her home is a wonderful place. The table on the porch where she wrote the Yearling is still just as it would have been if she stepped into the house for a moment. Totally worth the drive! (And the food in Cross Creek/Micanopy isn't anything to forget either!)
  • 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.
  • 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.