Fodor's Expert Review Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Gainesville Historic District/Site

One of America's most cherished authors found inspiration in this out-of-the-way hamlet about 20 miles outside of Gainesville. The 90-acre park, set amid aromatic citrus groves, has a playground for kids and short hiking trails, where you might see owls, deer, or Rawlings' beloved "red birds." But the main attraction is the restored Florida Cracker–style home, where Rawlings wrote classics such as The Yearling and Cross Creek and entertained the likes of poet Robert Frost, author Thornton Wilder, and actor Gregory Peck. Although the house is guarded closely by spirited roosters, guided tours are offered seasonally.

Historic District/Site Park (National/State/Provincial) Family

Quick Facts

18700 S. County Rd. 325
Hawthorne, Florida  32640, USA

352-466–3672

www.floridastateparks.org/marjoriekinnanrawlings

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $3 per car; house tour is an additional $3, No house tours Aug. and Sept.

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