Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Cross Creek

by Sean on June 3, 2010

As many of your know, Lisa and I are captivated by Old Florida and “the way things used to be” previous to big condo developments and oil spills.   Recently, we had the pleasure of visiting Cross Creek the 1920′s-30′s era 72 Acre Florida Homestead and orange grove of famed author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Rawlings is most recognized for her novel The Yearling, which is about a Florida boy and his pet deer.  The Yearling won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939 and was made into a movie in 1946.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings first came to Florida to find a place to write and a “small place of enchantment to turn to.”  At Cross Creek, she found inspiration and much more in the remote wilderness and the magic of the grove.  Today, Cross Creek and the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home contain the original furniture and is maintained as if Rawlings still lives there.

Talk a walk with us.

Some of the well known writers that have visited Cross Creek.

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Daisy Cottage June 4, 2010 at 6:37 am

Let me say that these photos are magical ….

I have not had the honor of visiting Cross Creek yet – it is on my must-do list, but through your eyes I feel as though I have.

Awesome job.


Jackie June 4, 2010 at 7:11 am

Thank you so much for posting these photos! What a step back to a much calmer, simpler time!!
I must visit Cross Creek soon….Thx again!
Wishing you and yours a blessed weekend!!

Sean June 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Cross Creek is magical! Visit Micanopy, Florida while you are in the area and have coffee served in a French Press at Old Florida Cafe. You will not be sorry!

Sean June 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Do go Kim – we’ll go again too. Kate has not been yet. :)

Jackie June 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm

hi Sean, thanks for leaving a comment on my Apron post! I really must visit Cross Creek~It is right up my alley!
Have a wonderful evening!

Jackie @ Jenny C. June 8, 2010 at 9:05 am

Thanks for sharing Sean, I love old nostalgic things and places too. Sounds like a place I have to visit. Say hi to Lisa for me and give the little one a kiss :)

Sean June 9, 2010 at 7:46 am

Thanks Jackie @ JC – Sorry you were not around to meet Kate when Lisa stopped by a couple weeks ago. Hope to see you soon!

JolieAnne July 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Oh I loved visiting the house that MKR lived and wrote in.
My husband made me go with him-I wasn’t happy since I was pregnant and tired but then it just felt so right to see her home and we bought a
book of her’s in Micanopy. What a great week end that was. We live in Martin County, FL so it was a little bit of a drive but so worth it!

Linda Elder July 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I love old books and just recently read the one about Cross Creek. How great to see the pictures after reading the book!

Sean July 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Linda – It is truly one of my favorite books. MKR’s desire to make a life in the swamps and citrus groves of Florida is inspiring. It is hard to imagine some of the things she experienced, however Cross Creek is a great snapshot of life back in the day. Thanks for reading the post!

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