Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
History of the Site: The site was the home of the writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings from 1928 to 1943, and she continued to visit the house for short stays after that. Under her will, the University of Florida acquired the home on her death in 1953. The home and surrounding land became a Florida state park in 1970.Main Structures”Fence and gate; Rawlings House—three separate structures assembled together as a single home; carport and 1940 Oldsmobile identical to one she had owned; barn—a reconstruction of the original which did not survive insect and weather damage; tenant’s cottage.
Daily Life through Structures and Artifacts: The home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is a good starting point for visitors seeking to learn more of the Cracker way of life. Not only is the home a museum of Cracker artifacts reflecting the 1930s Cracker lifestyle, it is a preserved memorial to the author whose works were key in the modern appreciation of Cracker people, culture, and values.
Location: Cross Creek
Hours of Operation: The grounds are open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the interior of the house are conducted from October through July, Thursday through Sunday (except Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays): 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Fees: $3.00 parking fee.
Phone: (352) 466-3672
Things to See Nearby: Silver River State Park Cracker Village; Dudley Farm