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in 1928 marjorie kinnan rawlings bought a 72 acre orange grove in cross creek. it was here that she wrote the novels "south moon under", "golden apples", "the yearling", and "cross creek". in 1939 rawlings won the pulitzer prize for "the yearling". in 1946 the yearling was made into a movie and rawlings gained national attention for her literature. the focus of rawlings' novels was the "cracker" life style of rural floridians in the 1930's. today the rawlings' home and farm is a florida state park and is listed as a national historic landmark. the marjorie kinnan rawlings home is open for tours and gives the visitor insight to life in rural florida during the great depression. for those interested in nature, southern culture, and literature the rawlings home is worth a visit when in the gainesville area. for more information see the attached web site.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 18700 south CR 325
most people visit cross creek to see the marjorie kinnan rawlings home and farm. cross creek also offers canoeing and excellent fresh water fishing. cross creek connects lake lochloosa with orange lake which are excellent bass fishing lakes. there is a boat ramp next to marjorie kinnan rawlings state park were you can access orange lake. for those interested in nature and fishing cross creek is a very undeveloped area of florida to visit.
Updated Jun 2, 2010
Address: CR 325
the yearling restaurant and bar is located in cross creek near the marhorie kinnan rawlings home. this historic restaurant was built in 1952 and has an old florida fish camp decor. the menu is southern cuisine with some exotic selections. at the yearling you can order alligator, cooter (turtle), frog legs, quail, and venison. the yearling is a very worth while place to visit when in cross creek.
Updated Jun 21, 2010
Address: 14531 east CR 325