Cracker Holiday Feast at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park

Posted by Mike Confino, November 19, 2014

Blue Oven Kitchens (Val Leitner) and Hogtown Homegrown (Stephanie Hamblin) are participating in this holiday educational event! Thanks.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings collected some of her favorite foods in Cross Creek Cookery and it included many kinds of delicious local foods. In coordination with Hogtown HomeGrown, the park will be presenting a Cracker Holiday Feast. Cracker cooking transcends any one particular time period – it is more the way of life created by those who live close to the land in the South. Drawing on the recollections and experiences of longtime residents, including Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Myrtle Dudley, our cooks will recreate a simple but delicious holiday feast using items available locally. Thanksgiving was often a busy time for locals, with the citrus harvest well underway, so Christmas became the holiday when family could gather and a day off was enjoyed. True Crackers would make use of “woods goods” (An Old Florida Cracker Christmas, Ben Wheeler) and the vegetables grown in their gardens. The menu will include a not only the meat which would grace the table, but also the side dishes common to the area. Program will include information, demonstrations and samples. Suitable for all ages.

Initial food preparation will begin on the old wood-burning stove in the historic house. Most of the hourly tours before the program will see some of the work in progress. The program will be held outside the Rawlings home at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, November 22 and is included in the cost of admission to the park, $3.00 per carload. A visitor can enjoy the farmyard, barn, garden, trails and explore the historic home from the outside. There is an additional $3.00 per adult ($2.00 for children 6-12) to tour the home; guided tours are scheduled at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. The park opens at 9:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm. The park address is 18700 S. CR 325, Cross Creek, FL 32640.

Directions: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is located about 20 miles south of Gainesville and about 30 miles north of Ocala on CR 325 off US 441.

Coming from either direction on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn left at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn right onto US 441 and go south about 2–3 miles to CR 346 (there will be a sign). Turn left and go about 4 miles until CR 346 dead ends at CR 325. Turn right and go about 4 miles and you will see the park entrance sign. Turn right and then right again into the parking lot.

Participation Requirements

Fees: The event is free with regular park admission.

Admission Fee

The park admission fee is $3.00 per group in one vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay the fee; correct change is needed.

Guided tours of the Rawlings’s home:

$3.00 per adult; $2.00 for children, ages 6 to12; children aged 5 and under are free.

Contact: For more information, call 352-466-3672

Directions: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is located in Cross Creek, between Gainesville and Ocala, off County Road 325.

  1. TrishRiley Says:

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