Episode 107 - Majorie K. Rawlings State Park

She was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Letters. The Rawlings house also is a notable example of the Cracker (descendents of pioneer settlers) style of architecture, derived from a variety of influences to suit the climate and available technology of the rural South. The National Historic Landmark designation is the highest such recognition accorded by our nation to historic properties determined to be of exceptional value in representing or illustrating an important theme, event or person in the history of the nation. National Historic Landmarks can be actual sites where significant historic events occurred, places where prominent Americans worked or sites that represent the ideas that shaped our nation.

Fewer than 2,500 historic places carry the title of National Historic Landmark. The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided walks through the Rawlings' home are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. from October through July. Group tours can be scheduled, in advance, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Reservations are required for group tours. To make reservations or for more information, call 352-466-3672. In August and September, the park remains open, but guided walks are suspended while the staff completes essential archival cleaning and restoration work. Guided walks through the house will resume in October. Your pet is welcome to the park on a hand-held leash (so they won't chase the chickens and the ducks!), but if you take the tour of the house you need to be able to carry it. And remember, it's the 1930's and we are not air-conditioned or heated, so dress for the weather.

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