Gate to the Past

By luck and happenstance we found Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home in the middle of central Florida’s nowhere. Located on a narrow spit of land between Orange and Little Lochloosa Lake is her cracker style home and farm where she lived and wrote, “The Yearling”.

Volunteers “work” the restored farm and maintain the vegetable gardens, ducks and chickens, groves and trails in the same way Rawlings did in the 1930’s. A 1939 Plymouth (the year of her Pulitzer Prize) is still parked on the side of the house, and visitors are allowed to roam freely about the grounds, even pick an orange to take home.

The old gate at the entrance set the mood for a step back in time.

Thought for the Day: I do not know how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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