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Micanopy Florida – The Little Town That Time Forgot

September 18, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

Micanopy FloridaMicanopy FL, a tiny town 12 miles south of Gainesville, is more than meets the eye. Not only is it Florida’s oldest, continually inhabited inland settlement, with 38 buildings on the National Historic Register, it’s also an antiquers paradise and served as backdrop for two major motion pictures.

Micanopy (Mick-ah-NO-pee) may be exceedingly small, with a one square mile footprint and just under 650 residents, but it’s also Old Florida at its best.

Massive live oaks draped in Spanish moss shade turn-of-the-century buildings housing antiques shops, gift shops, and outdoor cafes. In fact, nearly all of Micanopy is a historic district.

The town, named after the Seminole chief of the Second Seminole War, started out as an Indian trading post in 1821. While much of the town had to be rebuilt after the Second Seminole War in the 1830s, those buildings are now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Visit Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

April 15, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State ParkStep back in time to 1930’s Floirda farm life with a visit to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. This historic, cracker-style, farmstead was home to the Pulitzer prize-winning author of “The Yearling” and many other books.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896 – 1953) was an American author who’s best known work, “The Yearling,” earned her the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939. Rawlings also happened to be a resident of rural North Central Florida, a fact clearly reflected in much of her writing.

Other Rawlings titles include “South Moon Under,” “Golden Apples,” “When the Whippoorwill,” “Cross Creek Cookery,” and “The Sojourner.”

Fans of the “The Yearling,” whether the novel or the 1946 film starring Jane Wyman and Gregory Peck, will be excited to know that it was written right here at the author’s Florida farm. The backwoods homestead and surrounding “Cracker” country were a major inspiration for the work.

Of course, you don’t have to be a fan of the author to enjoy visiting the park! Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings historic homestead has been restored to how it was when she lived here in the 1930’s.

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