Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896 – 1953) was a novelist and short story writer who published 12 books in her lifetime. “The Yearling” is her best known work. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 and was made into a major motion picture, starring Jane Wyman and Gregory Peck, in 1946. Other popular titles in her catalog include “Cross Creek,” “South Moon Under,” “Golden Apples,” and “The Sojourner.”
Even more exciting, most of those stories and books were written right here on the veranda!
Rawlings, who hated city life, moved to rural North Central Florida from New York with her husband in 1929. She loved old Florida country living and it infused much of her work. Her memoir, “Cross Creek,” for example, details her daily life at the historic farmstead.
Nothing beats visiting the real place, however. Luckily, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is just a half hour’s drive from Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast!
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