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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

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Address: 18700 S County Road 325, Cross Creek, Hawthorne, FL 32640-8403
Phone Number: +1 352-466-3672
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Historic home of the author of "The Yearling."

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"Amazing woman's life, adapted both city life style and country life style in such a way"

A small group of us came to the park to tour Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings house, to hear more about the author's life, and see where she lived and wrote while in the area. Park fee... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A small group of us came to the park to tour Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings house, to hear more about the author's life, and see where she lived and wrote while in the area. Park fee is $3/car load, and the $3/person for the tour was well worth it, as we walked onto the grounds and surveyed the buildings and grounds... More 

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Thank gleem
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a nice drive from The Villages. The tour is well done. The small house interesting. To make this a worthwhile trip you need to go down the toad a mile or so and eat at The Yearling Restaurant. Separate reviews here. Overall it's a pleasant day.

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Gainesville, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

for just $3 you can look around the grounds and outbuildings on your own. Old cracker style house and antiques from around the 30's definitely takes you back to a different time. This site is a National Historic Landmark.

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Thank AmberAtTheZoo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a history lesson! Tour guide was great. Informative and interesting. Having family that has been in Florida since the 1800's It was cool to see how they lived back in the day.

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Hollister, Fl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Park is certainly inexpensive--if you want the guided tour, $3/person. You can look around the grounds & outbuildings on your own, paid tour is for the house. This was a prominent Florida writer and I appreciated learning even more about her life here.

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Thank Mary C
Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This excursion is best appreciated by someone who goes there deliberately and with specific expectations. I think that anyone can appreciate the beauty and orderliness of Rawlings' farm and house, especially on a nice day when it's not too hot & muggy, but doing a little casual research on this Pulitzer-prize winning novelist greatly enhance the experience, and reading one... More 

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Plant City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We visited Marjorie Rawlings SP today, we have been wanting to see it for a while and finally got there. Went on the 11:00 tour, we had a great tour guide (Rodger). He was very informative about the house and Marjorie, and her books. I loved the house, old cracker house that she had added on to several times. It... More 

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Groton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

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 Hawthorne as location. Confusing. Cross Creek was Rawlings' first book in which she wrote of her farm and life on the farm. The Yearling was a Pulitzer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

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 trees. Beautiful trees. Nestled in small town in central Florida. Cross Creek Florida. Currently I'm reading her book entitled Cross Creek. She has a gift... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

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.

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