I read – and fell in love with – Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s Cross Creek several years before moving to Florida. I was pleased to learn after moving here that the author’s home had been restored and is maintained by the state park system.
Rawlings purchased the 72-acre farm in 1928 and lived and worked there for 25 years. Her novel The Yearling won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize and was made into an award-winning film in 1946. In 1942 she published Cross Creek, the largely autobiogrpahical account of her life in the Alachua County hamlet. A filmed version starring Mary Steenburgen was released in 1983.
Beth and I make it a point to visit the property every year or two, and here are some photos from yesterday’s visit.