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 the 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 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc., produces programs encompassing education, research and awareness and fundraising -- all in support of the park.