History buffs, avid readers, and nature lovers alike will love visiting the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Here, you get to tour the home of famous author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and get a glimpse into what inspired her to write her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Yearling. Harmonize with nature, transport yourself back in time, and become enthralled by the rich history that resides on this beloved property. When you stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn, you’re only a 20-minute drive away from these inspiring grounds. You’re also near plenty more Florida state parks, Gainesville restaurants, shopping, and more. View everything in our area with our free Vacation Guide and begin planning your stay.
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Enjoy Every Aspect of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park
Chapter 1: About the Author
Before visiting the park, here’s a brief history on Rawlings. She moved to Florida in 1928, in what’s now called the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House, where the natural, rural land enchanted her. This landscape, along with the people inhabiting the area, inspired many themes found in her most popular books like The Yearling and Cross Creek. Although her stories are fictional, they’re based off some of her own experiences living in rural Floria. See also drew from the lives of the locals that surrounded her.
Chapter 2: The Guided Tour
On the tour, your guide, dressed in period costume, will show you three main sites: the barn, the farmyard, and the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House. Throughout, you’ll gain inside knowledge about her farm-lifestyle in the 1930s. Your guide will also point out exactly what inspired her to write these literary masterpieces within the beautifully preserved home.
Chapter 3: Take Your Own Exploration
If find yourself becoming inspired by the land, take a stroll down two hiking trails on the property. One used to serve as an access point to reach the Rawlings’ personal orange grove. This was one of her most sacred places to spend time to become moved by nature. The other trail weaves you through a sleepy forest, perfect for listening to the soothing sounds of nature. Or, if you’re looking for more nearby nature, there are plenty of other sites to explore. Consider visiting some of the other fantastic parks like Ichetucknee Springs State Park or Bivens Arm Nature Park.
Chapter 4: Stay with Us at Sweetwater Branch Inn
After a day exploring the history of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, you’ll love returning to our lovely Victorian style home. Unwind with us at our complimentary Wine and Cheese Hour, and relax on the front porch to take the view of our serene gardens. Then, retreat to the comfort of your unique accommodation. We recommend the Heirloom Suite, which features a lovely sunroom that overlooks our courtyard, and a queen-size bed ensuring a restful night’s sleep. When you awake, a complimentary breakfast awaits to prepare you for your next day of exploration in the city of Gainesville, Floria.
We look forward to your stay with us at Sweetwater Branch Inn!