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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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Mill Creek Farm – A North Florida Equine Rest Home

March 24, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Mill Creek Farm Florida Retirement Home For HorsesMill Creek Farm, located just north of Alachua, Fl, is a 335-acre rest home for rescued and retired horses. The farm opens on Saturdays for those who would like to meet and feed treats to the more than 100 horses who live here.

Sunny Florida is a popular destination for a wide range of retirees. That’s not news to anyone I know – but for horses?

Horses are tireless and beautiful workers and companions. But what happens when they become too old to work or are no longer able to be cared for properly?

The unfortunate answer is that they are often neglected, starved, or otherwise abused.

Feeding and caring for a horse takes a lot money, time, and energy. It’s no wonder that those who are unprepared for this reality can so often fall short. Luckily, there are facilities like Mill Creek Farm whose very mission is caring for just these kinds of animals.

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Don’t Miss Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2019

December 15, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2019Travel back in time, space, and imagination to a world of knights and wizards at the 33rd annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire! Alachua County Fairgrounds January 26th-27th and February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2019.

Get a taste of fantasy and just a bit of history at Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2019. This year’s theme is “Tales of King Arthur,” bringing Camelot and its Round Table of knights to the Alachua County Fairgrounds.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is 9 stages of live entertainment, including musicians, jugglers, acrobats, belly dancers, and more. You’ll see jousting knights, living chess board battles, and real falconry. There will be wandering performers, games to test your strength, and various push and animal rides.

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Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History

November 16, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Butterfly Rainforest - Florida Museum of Natural HistoryImagine stepping into a tropical world of lush greenery populated by hundreds of gorgeous and fascinating butterflies and moths. You would either be dreaming … or in the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History!

The Florida Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, is over 120 years old. Their collections contain more than 34 million specimens and artifacts.

Permanent exhibits at the museum include a focus on the ancient Calusa people of South Florida and an extensive and internationally acclaimed fossil collection. The Discovery Zone contains some fascinating collections and hands-on learning experiences.

One of the museum’s most popular attractions, however, is the Butterfly Rainforest.

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Florida Racing School – The FIRM Rally & Motorsport

August 31, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

The FIRM - Florida Racing SchoolIf you’re looking to get into motorsports or are just wanting to get back out onto the track, The FIRM Florida racing school in Starke, Florida has what you’re looking for – and then some!

The Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park (FIRM) is one of the area’s many popular attractions. The North Florida racing school is a motorsports heaven with 6, expert-designed, European-style rally stages with 14 miles of diverse tracks, trails, and road courses.

No wonder The FIRM is known as North Central Florida’s premier action sports facility!

Best of all, it’s less than 15 minutes drive from our North Florida B&B, Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast.

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Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm NWTF Sporting Clays Challenge

April 13, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm NWTF Sporting Clays Challenge May 2018Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm is hosting the NWTF Sporting Clays Challenge May 4th through the 6th, 2018. This sporting clay tournament is NSCA registered and will help raise money for the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm is a family owned shooting facility, located just ten minutes down the road from our North Central Florida B&B, in Graham, FL. Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm hosts NSCA registered sporting clays tournaments each month. They also offer classes, a pro shop, and a club house with refreshments.

The NWTF Sporting Clays Challenge scheduled for May 4th through the 6th, 2018 is a 200-target, sporting clays championship. The event is open to NSCA and Hunter Classes, with 5-stand, sub-gauge, FITASC, Pump, and SXS events. 12 gauge, preliminary.

The shoot will help raise money for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). The National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973 with a mission to save the wild turkey and support hunter’s rights using science-based conservation. Attending this shoot is both a vote for conservation AND hunting. A win win, in other words.

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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Florida Museum of Natural History

October 23, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Florida Museum of Natural HistoryThe Florida Museum of Natural History is celebrating their centennial with a very special exhibit showcasing some of the museum’s most unique, fascinating, and treasured objects. “Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @FloridaMuseum” is a must see event – September 23rd, 2017 to January 7th, 2018.

The Florida Museum of Natural History is always worth a visit, as we’ve noted before but for the 100th Anniversary, they’ve really pulled all the stops out. Though the museum dates back to the late 1890s, it didn’t move to Gainesville until 1917. This anniversary celebrates that move, the accomplishments of the last century, and looks forward to the next 100 years.

The museum has been contemplating how to celebrate the centennial for many years. They finally decided on an exhibit of the museum’s finest work from the last 100 years. That sounds simple enough but, with a museum as large and as old as this, how do you choose?

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Explore The Florida Museum of Natural History

April 28, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

The Florida Museum of Natural HistoryThere are always a ton of fun and fresh things to do in Northern Florida. One attraction in the Starke area that seems to have something for everyone is The Florida Museum of Natural History.

The Florida Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Florida campus, treats visitors to a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum contains more than 34 million specimens and artifacts, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

In a bit of synchronicity, one of the most popular attractions at the museum is the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

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Visit Mill Creek Farm – Florida’s Retirement Home For Horses!

December 19, 2016 by Corey A Edwards

Mill Creek Farm - Florida's Retirement Home For HorsesMany people head to Florida when they retire – but horses? Yep! Horses like to retire here, too. Well, they do if they’re lucky enough to wind up at Mill Creek Farm, North Florida’s Retirement Home For Horses!

Mill Creek Farm is a nonprofit equine sanctuary that was founded in 1983 by Peter and Mary Gregory. The couple got the idea from a trip to England where they discovered a “vacation” farm for London’s cart and carriage horses. Once a year, the animals were given a two-week break from their jobs on the city streets. Those two weeks were the only time these animals saw a pasture.

The experience was very affecting.

When the Gregory’s retired, some years later, they decided to open a horse retirement farm of their own – and Mill Creek Farm was born.

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