Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Majorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park

Guest post from my blogger pal Taylor Enus.

I recently visited the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home and State Park in historic Cross Creek, Florida. The farm where she lived and worked for over a quarter of a century have been preserved by the state of Florida and designated as a national historic landmark. Rawlings took care in tending her vegetable and herb garden. It is still intact as it was in the 30's, making for a permanent live exhibit. There are tours with rangers dressed in period attire. They start at the barn, making the way through the farmyard and end at the home. The tour director talks in depth about her life, the farm, the people of Cross Creek, and her writings. I would suggest this State Park to anyone who is a lover of literature and history. It gives you a glimpse into a kind of living from the land that is almost extinct. It took me back to a simpler time. It was almost like I was in the 1930's. I had a wonderful time there and am looking forward to visiting again in the future. I was really glad that I set my alarm system before I left home since it was a two hour drive from where I live. It was worth the long drive though!


  1. I saw an interesting movie about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. I enjoyed it very much!

  2. She wrote, "The Yearling," which ripped my heart out and made me cry.


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