Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s Cracker House in Cross Creek is now a Historic State Park. In 2006 the House and Farmyard were designated a National Historic Landmark. A cracker house is a wooden structure that was built by the early settlers. It was elevated so the air would flow, a lot of windows, porches and high ceilings that kept down the heat. Many citrus trees line the sandy path. She wrote “The Yearling” which won a Pulitzer Prize. She wrote eight other novels; three are still in print. Cross-Creek is located near Gainesville, Florida.
Parking is based on the honor system, its $3.00 a car load. I have been to the house three times and each time I learn something new. Surrounding the property is a Tenant House where the maids lived, several chicken coups and many citrus trees.
Visit Micanopy and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home in one day; they are only ten miles apart. They give tours of the house from October through July. The tour of the house is $3.00, well worth the price; the guides are very knowledgeable.