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In 2020 a video presentation in lieu of an in-person holiday party at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park was created by park volunteer Marthalynne Allen Dilello (with editing by  Donna Green-Townsend).  A special shout out to musicians George Tortorelli and Lisa Lynne for the beautiful music that accompanies the photos and videos.


Ron Haase is Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida where he taught design and historic preservation. He is a specialist in the area of Florida vernacular architecture. Ron is also the author of the book, Classic Cracker: Florida's Wood-Frame Vernacular Architecture.

In this video he pays a visit to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park and shares his personal inspiration from Rawlings' writings. He tours Rawlings' barn and home with Park Manager Scott Spaulding and shares his knowledge of "classic Cracker architecture."  Produced by Donna Green-Townsend.


This virtual experience takes viewers  Cross Creek, where they can learn more about the people who knew Marjorie Rawlings during her years living and writing there.

Segments include historic photos, audio and video of 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.  In the video long-time Cross Creek residents share their personal memories of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  There’s one segment devoted to the days when catfishing was one of the key livelihoods for many members of the Cross Creek community. Produced by Donna Green-Townsend.


Many of the Cross Creek friends Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote about in her book Cross Creek are buried in the Antioch Cemetery near Island Grove, FL just east of Cross Creek. James M. Stephens has written what he thinks many of those friends would say if they were alive today.  The videos here are taken from Stephens' walking tours of the cemetery sponsored by the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc.  Produced by Donna Green-Townsend.


Highlights of the 123rd birthday party for the late Pulitzer-Prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings on August 10th, 2019. The party which took place at the MKR Historic State Park in Cross Creek was sponsored by the park and the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm.   Produced by Donna Green-Townsend.

The Pound Party Play presented by James M. Stephens at the Marjorie kinnan rawlings Historic state park

On May 4, 2019, a play by James M. Stephens based on chapter 4 of Rawlings' Cross Creek was presented.   Audience members took videos of the play, and this video is taken from what those audience members captured.  Produced by Donna Green-Townsend. 

WUFT Greater Good video

In March 2021 our local public broadcasting station, WUFT, visited the Marjorie Rawlings Historic State Park as part of a series showcasing local non-profit groups in our area. 


As a long-time creek resident and member of the Friends Board, Donna Green-Townsend has produced a series of videos about Cross Creek and the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm  hosted on her YouTube Channel.

Green-Townsend joined the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm board of directors in April 2017.  She is a journalist with 40  years of radio and television experience.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She worked as a news director, producer, anchor, reporter and instructor for commercial and public radio and television stations in Missouri, Kansas and Florida.

Ms. Green-Townsend has received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow  Award from the Radio and Television Digital News Association as well as other state and regional journalism awards. She recently completed nearly 31 years at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications where she was a WUFT multimedia news manager and taught Advanced Radio Reporting.

Friends of  the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc., is a 503(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352 (toll-free within Florida). Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State. 

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Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm Inc.
P. O. Box 337 

Micanopy, FL 32667-0337

(352) 466-3672 

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