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I took some vacation time a few weeks back and visited the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings house in Cross Creek, Florida.

The first thing you see is this great display about the area and house. And then you venture through the gate and enter Marjorie’s world. One of the coolest things about the place is that the rangers wear period clothing. This really helps you imagine that you’re  there visiting Ms. Rawlings.

We perused the grounds for a while and saw the chicken coops, the barn, the garden, and the outbuildings. There were even chickens walking around, actual plants in the garden, and tools in the barn. We spent a lot of time looking at the equipment in the barn and at the period tools. I thought it was neat to see the car in the garage, even if it was explained later that the car wasn’t hers. Of course we spent some time looking at the outhouse–my son wasn’t so sure he would want to use one.

The tour started at 1pm that day after a brief introduction by the rangers. It was super neat to see the display of the typewriter and the desk she used. You could visualize Ms. Rawlings bustling about the house and in the kitchen. I enjoyed seeing all of her books and cooking items. The story about the roses in the toilet bowl during the party celebrating indoor plumbing was so funny! My son talked about that the rest of the day! It seems like Marjorie really led a fun life and found joy in the little things

This state park is a must-visit! Here’s the website for more information: