Cross Creek

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Fans of American author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling, Cross Creek) flock to this tiny town near Gainesville in north central Florida. Visitors to her Cross Creek homestead can walk back in time and experience Florida farm life as it existed during the 1930s. Her cracker-style home and farm, where she lived for 25 years and wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Yearling, has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived there. In 2007, the house and farm yard were designated as a National Historic Landmark. Visitors may tour the house with a ranger in period costume from October through July. Picnic facilities and a playground are located in the adjacent park.

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