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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is shown at work at the large round table on the porch of her home at Cross Creek. Mrs. Rawlings, short-story writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author for "The Yearling," lived many years in the scrub country. “I felt I had come home when I came to Florida,” said Rawlings. Born in Washington D.C. in 1896, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin and worked for 10 years as a newspaper reporter. When she and her husband, Charles, visited Florida in 1928 they bought property at Cross Creek, and she stayed there after she and Charles divorced. Although she had other homes, including a place at St. Augustine, Cross Creek was her "best-loved home" until she died in 1953. Although Rawlings deeded the grounds and house to the University of Florida, the Florida Park Service took over the house in the 1970s. Nowadays park rangers dress in 1930s-era clothing, let the ducks and chickens out each morning, pump water from the well, raise vegetables and tend the orange groves, just as Rawlings did. Many thousands of people visit the home each year.
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