Marjorie Rawlings begins Cross Creek, the story
of her life in this rural Florida community, with
these words: "Cross Creek is a bend in a country
road, by land, and the flowing of Lochloosa Lake
into Orange Lake, by water. We are four miles
west of the small village of Island Grove, nine
',il.. east of a turpentine still, and on the other
sides we do not count distance at all, for the two
lakes and the broad marshes create an infinite
space between us and the horizon."
rii, historic park provides an authentic
experience of early 20th century rural Florida.
TWo trails leave the farm and meander briefly
through the woods. The area is a native habitat
for Florida wildlife, including deer, alligators,
bald eagles, turkeys, sandhill cranes and bobcats.
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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Historic State Park is located
in Cross Creek, south of
3ainesville, on County Road 325.
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Walk through the grove and visit the farmyard
to experience rural life as Marjorie Kinnan
Rawlings did in the 1930s. Discover the
seasonal life of the garden and fruit trees. Take
the guided tour inside the farmhouse to see
and hear more about Rawlings' experiences and
Cross Creek life at that time.
Explore the two trails that lead from the
farmyard into the wooded lands surrounding
the farm. In the right season, you might see
bald eagles, sandhill cranes or deer. Look for
the footprints of the many smaller creatures
who inhabit the area.
Adjacent to the park are a county boat ramp
and picnic area. From here you can explore the
lakes and creek that are featured in Rawlings'
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W welcome to Marjorie
Historic State Par where
you can experience the farm
life and Florida landscape
that inspired Rawlings to
write Cross Creek and her
1. l Pulitzer-prize winning
book, The Yearling. In
2006, the park was
designated a National
History & Culture
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings came to rural Cross
Creek in 1928 to find a home and a place to
write. "I do not know how any one can live
without some small place of enchantment
to turn to," she later wrote in Cross Creek.
Rawlings found that place on her small Florida
farmstead and orange grove, and in the nearby
wilderness bordered by lakes and Cross Creek.
Her experiences were woven into classic
stories that continue to inspire others to live in
harmony with the land.
Rawlings' cracker farmhouse has original
furnishings and is interpreted by park staff in
1930s clothing Near the house are ornamental
plants of the varieties Rawlings cultivated and a
seasonal kitchen garden with hel bs, flowers and
vegetables A citrus grove of oilane, grapefruit
and tangerine trees surrounds the house. At
the edge of the farmyard is the tenant house, a
reminder of the many who worked the land and
whose stories she told.
In the magic of the grove, Rawlings found
her greatest pleasure: "Enchantment lies in
different things for each of us. For me, it is
in this: to step out of the bright sunlight into
the shade of orange trees; to walk under the
arched canopy of their jadelike leaves; to see
the long aisles of lichened trunks stretch ahead
in a geometric rhythm; to feel the mystery of
a seclusion that yet has shafts of light striking
through it. This is the essence of an ancient
and secret magic."
Florida State Parks
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Recreation and Parks
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. County Road 325
Cross Creek, FL 32640
For your safety, please do not feed or
attempt to touch any animals.
Pets on a 6-foot, hand-held leash are
allowed in the park. They must be well
behaved at all times.
There is an entrance fee required at the
The farmyard and trails are open 9:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The farmhouse
can be easily viewed from the outside. For
an additional fee, guided walks are given
Thursday through Sunday at 10:00 a.m.,
11:00 a.m. and each hour from 1:00 p.m.
to -i.00 p m. Touls are not offered during
August and September or Thanksgiving and