Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc.

Life and Times of Cross Creek  Memories and Reflections
The Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm and the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park are very excited about Marjorie's birthday on August 8th.  Although we can't have our usual birthday celebration with cake and ice cream at the farm, we have a virtual video experience for you.

Click to watch the video Life and Times of Cross Creek - Memories and Reflections

The one hour special program called, "Life and Times in Cross Creek:  Memories and Reflections” was produced by Donna Green-Townsend.  The program features very unique historic video, audio and photos of friends and neighbors of the late Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, including such characters as the late author and artist from Evinston, J. T. Glisson, “Snow” and Ella Mae Slater, Berney Bass and the late actor Rip Torn to name a few.   Donna, who produced and created the film, is a board member of the Friends and a Murrow Award-winning journalist.   She is a longtime Cross Creek resident. 

DVDs of the video will be available to purchase for $15.00 plus $4.00 for postage and handling.  All proceeds will benefit projects on the farm.  Please make your check payable to Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Farm., and mail to PO Box 337, Micanopy, FL  32667-0337.




A Message from our Park Manager, Scott Spaulding:

“Although the park has re-opened, the historic farmhouse remains closed to visitors until further notice in order to maintain social distancing protocol and prevent the need for daily disinfecting, which could have an adverse effect on the collection.

Even though the house is closed, the park remains open 7 days a week from 9am until 5pm and visitors can look in through the screen doors and windows, getting a good look at almost every room in the house. Benches have been placed around the house with brochures of full color drawings of each room along with descriptions. Staff are available and happy to answer questions and assist with outside tours. We ask that visitors not gather in groups of more than 10 and remain at least 6 feet apart.

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you out at the park real soon.”

Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc.

Welcome to the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc. We are a Citizens Support Organization (CSO) through the Florida Department of Parks and Recreation whose mission is to support the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House and Farmyard is nationally significant in the area  of literature as the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, a leading 20th-century American writer whose works continue to interest scholars, students, and the general  reading public. Rawlings lived in the house from 1928 until her death in 1953.

It was  there that she wrote all of her major works, including the short stories that first brought  her critical acclaim and the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, The Yearling. The park  includes the original frame house, outbuildings and citrus grove she described in her lyrical memoir, Cross Creek. In 2006, the property was designated a National Historic  Landmark.

The purpose of the CSO is to conduct programs, foster activities, raise funds and make expenditures to facilitate and enhance and preservation and interpretation of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park under the direction of and with priorities set by the Florida Division of Recreation and Parks and the park manager.


The Friends of the MKR Farm, Inc., produce annual programs for fundraising, special events, education, and outreach and awareness, to support the park.

Consider joining the Friends of the MKR Farm to support Marjorie’s historical home and slice of Florida history.

Marjorie Rawlings loved her garden, which still produces vegetables, herbs, and flowers all year long.

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News From the Creek

The Friends of the MKR Farm publish a quarterly newsletter of what has happened on the farm.  Each newsletter contains a president's message and park manager message, as well as recaps of past events, and notices of upcoming events.

Newsletter Summer 2020

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Fundraising Projects

Thank you MKR Friends! 

A new set of wheels - Thanks for the Friends of MKR Farm, our job just got a little easier. With their matching funds, we were able to purchae a utility golf cart for the farm. The cart features a long bed with removable stockade sides and a powerful 72-volt system capable of moving up to 1000 lb. payload. We used it to carry a spray tank to apply our first round of micro nutrients through a foliar application (spraying the leaves of each tree). We are going to keep this up every two weeks to aid the trees during fruit production."

MKR books for sale at the PARK

Here is Home: MKR and Cross Creek

DVD - 2019

Wish List

How to Support the Farm

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Previous Events

Writer’s Series will resume in the Fall

Wanda Duncan and Dorothy Smiljanich presentations will be scheduled accordingly. 

Annual Scrub Walk on The Yearling Trail March 7, 2020

"The Pound Party" a play by Jim Stephens  May 2019

Annual Birthday Party - August 2019

Friends' Annual Meeting and Special Presentation by  Donna Green-Townsend Dec 7, 2019

Annual Holiday Party Dec 14, 2019

Sunshine State Book Festival, Jan 26, 2020

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