This is Cross Creek made famous by the writings of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
Marjorie Kinnan's birth certificate.
Marjorie, called Peaches by her family, at age 18 months. She looks older than that but have no way of knowing.
At age 15, she entered a story titled "The Reincarnation of Miss Hetty," for which she won a prize.
Portrait of Marjorie as a student
Soon after graduation, Marjorie married a fellow-writer Charles Rawlings, and in the 1920's she made an initially- successful career as a journalist in Rochester, N.Y., producing hundreds of columns (chiefly for women) and humorous short poems. She attended the University of WisconsinÔø‡Madison where she joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and received a degree in English in 1918, and met Charles Rawlings while working for the school literary magazine. Kinnan briefly worked for the YWCA editorial board in New York, and married Charles in 1919.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings circa 1923.
Marjorie Rawlings loved her garden, which still produces vegetables, herbs, and flowers all year long.
In the 250 poems collected here, Rawlings presents homespun advice on such subjects as the trials and tribulations of being a cook, mother, friend, relative, and neighbor. She dedicates many to her favorite subjects: gardening, cooking, pets, and nature. Throughout, her goal is to entertain, to educate, and to give a voice to the housewife who sees her role as a creative and important one. In the process, of course, she also invariably reveals a great deal about herself, and devoted readers will be curious to see how the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings they know and love is evident here, in these early and spirited poems.
Blood of My Blood (lost first novel originally written in 1928), published in 2002
Cal Long and his family were early settlers in the Big Scrub. Marjorie Rawlings stayed with the Longs and used their remote homestead as the setting for The Yearling.
Maxwell Perkins, Jacob's Ladder, and the Scribner's Prizejacob's ladder (scribner's magazine, apr 1931) In Jacob's Ladder,Scribner's Magazine (April 1931) Emboldened by her first success with Scribner's, Rawlings submitted for the Scribner's Prize Novel competition a longer novella, High Wind, about a Florida couple in a hurricane. It was forwarded to the legendary Scribner's editor Maxwell Perkins, editor also of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe, who encouraged Rawlings to revise and retitle her work Jacob's Ladder.
Much of the published work by MKR was done on her typewriter at the Cross Creek Farmhouse.
Marjorie Rawlings stayed with Piety Fiddia and her son Leonard in the Big Scrub while she was doing research for her first book, South Moon Under.
Real Tales from the Florida Interior, Cracker Chidlings, Scribner's Magazine (February 1931) This group of short sketches based on life among the Florida Crackers first introduced readers to the world Rawlings would explore in her later novels. The Scribner's editor who accepted it, Alfred Dashiell, had previously rejected some of Rawlings's more conventional slick' short stories. The lead story in the issue was Ernest Hemingway's The Fighter.
Dessie Smith when she made the Hyacinth Drift trip with her friend "Marj" in 1933. Dessie was a dear friend and teacher to Marjorie.
Gal Young Un, Harper's Magazine, and the O. Henry Prizegal young un (Harper's Magazine, jun 1932) Gal Young Un. A Story in Two Parts. I, HarperÔø‡s Magazine (June 1932): 21-33.This story, about a lonely middle-aged woman who marries and is exploited by a bootlegger, which Rawlings regarded as a pot-boiler, won Rawlings the first prize of $500 in the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prizes, and publication in the annual O. Henry volume alongside Erskine Caldwell and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Published in Harpers Magazine, 1932
Marjorie Rawlings interviewed pioneer Cal Long, a resident of the Big Scrub, who told her stories she later used in The Yearling.
Leonard Fiddia and Daniel Wells helped Marjorie Rawlings gather stories of life in the Big Scrub for her novels.
Marjorie Rawlings traveled to England in 1933 to do research for her novel, Golden Apples. This passport dates from that time.
This visa was issued to Marjorie Rawlings when she visited England in 1933 to do research for Golden Apples.
Cats and dogs were and important part of life at Cross Creek. Moe was a faithful companion for Marjorie Rawlings, seated here in one of the hand-crafted chairs that still can be seen on the front porch.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Yearling, taught a creative writing class at UF in 1938. She purchased land in Cross Creek, near Gainesville, and used her experiences to write several books reflecting Florida life.
Marjorie Rawlings and her guests in her Cross Creek living room on a festive occasion.
One of Marjorie Rawlings's favorite recipes was for Crab a la Newburg, and she sometimes went crabbing at Salt Springs to get the main ingredient.
At the gate to her Cross Creek farm.
Portrait of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, year unknown
Marjorie's Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Yearling.
ORANGE FRITTERS AND A STORY 36" X 54" Oil Painting Author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at Cross Creek, 1935. One of the nation's most famous writers, a transplant from Rochester, New York, came to Florida in 1928 and purchased a small country home and orange grove at Cross Creek between Ocala and Gainesville. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings discovered the charm of the local country people and their trials and adventures in the backwoods of Florida, writing of them in her moving stories. Her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "The Yearling," established Rawlings as an important American writer and brought "Cracker Florida" to the world.
A copy of the letter informing her of winning Pulitzer Prize for The Yearling.
Barney Dillard was a friend and hunter who helped Marjorie Rawlings with her research, particularly with her stories of bear hunting.
Martha Mickens on the back steps of the house.
Marjorie with ducks.
Relaxing on the porch of her Cross Creek home.
Will Mickus family at back of Marjorie's house
Norton Baskin, an Ocala Hotelier from Ocala, Florida married Marjoire in 1942.
February 5, 2007 1:26 PM
Marjorie Rawlings was as comfortable in sophisticated settings as she was in her Cross Creek home.
Marjorie Rawlings, her dog Moe, and Norton Baskin enjoyed a day of hunting.
Margaret Mitchell (left) was a close friend of Marjorie Rawlings and visited Cross Creek with her husband.
Helen Winter [Jeannette MacDonald in her final film], comes upon Jerry [Claude Jarman, Jr.] with Lassie, The Sun Comes Up. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote the movie specifically for MacDonald, Jarman, and Lassie; Jarman had played Jody in the film adaptation of Rawlings' The Yearling. THE SUN COMES UP, screen play by William Ludwig and Margaret Fitts; based on a novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings; directed by Richard Thorpe; produced by Robert Sisk for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
This 1941 photograph was taken at Marineland on the Atlantic Coast.
October 12, 2007 3:30 PM
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, place of burial Antioch Cemetery, Island Grove, Alachua County, Florida
Peter Coyote as Norton Baskin in movie Cross Creek, 1983
Here Tarr, a Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings scholar, publishes the entire correspondence between the editor and Rawlings, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Yearling. Some 698 letters, notes, and telegrams are annotated and set in chronological order, starting with Perkins's encouraging response to Rawlings's submission to a short story contest in 1930. These wonderful letters reveal the intricate working interplay between an author and editor and the unfolding of a personal friendship between two remarkable people.
Fruit on the trees at Cross Creek
Welcome sign for Cross Creek Festival
This is a cottage on the estate of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings-the woman who wrote "The Yearling." The house and grounds are now the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic Park; it's located between Gainsville and Ocala, Florida. This is a charming little out-of-the-way state park that is absolutely worth visiting, especially if you're a fan of her writing. Copyright 2007 Jeff Wignall, All Rights Reserved. photo by Jeff Wignall
porch of an outbuilding on Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's farm by Heather Davis
View from back of the cottage looking into the carport
Bird at Cross Creek by Heather Davis
Marjorie Rawlings did most of her writing on her front screened porch, working at her typewriter set on a round table built by her first husband, Charles Rawlings.
March 29, 2005 7:04 PM
If I could have, to hold forever, one brief place and time of beauty, I think I might choose the night on that high lonely bank above the St. Johns River. -Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
July 10, 2009 10:38 PM
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, noted Florida author of such works as The Yearling and Cross Creek, lived and worked in Cross Creek from 1928 until her death in 1953. The property was given to the University of Florida and later leased and administered by the Florida Dept. of Natural Resources as an historic site.
Cottage at Cross Creek
Loch Loosa Channel
Loch Loosa Coots
Loch Loosa Heron
February 5, 2007 1:48 PM
The icebox in Marjoirie's kitchen.
Majorie's living room
The front porch where Marjorie did most of her writing.
Early kitchen stove in Marjorie's kitchen
Living room of the cottage at Cross Creek
Boat ramp at Cross Creek
A painting of Marjorie's cottage
Boat ramp on Orange Lake by Heather Davis
February 12, 2006 2:48 PM
Marjorie Rawlings in her Cross Creek living room.
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February 5, 2007 2:15 PM
The typical Florida barn, small because it was used to protect machinery, not to house animals, has been reconstructed.
February 5, 2007 1:45 PM
November 2, 2007 1:25 PM
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According to Ranger Barnes, Ôø‡ Hemingway was invited but was too chicken to come.Ôø‡
February 5, 2007 1:24 PM
The front porch where Marjorie did most of her writing.
Marjorie's car parked in the carport
The tenant house
February 12, 2006 2:50 PM
A verse by Marjorie as you enter Cross Creek
Orange Lake by Heather Davis
Cross Creek cottage
December 22, 2008 4:32 PM
She often started her day on the front porch. A small manual typewriter awaited her words.