Cross Creek

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.

The front porch of the tenant house.

At the entrance to the property

The front porch of the main house.

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