When Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moved from Rochester, NY to Cross Creek in the late 1920s, it was a life-changing experience for her. Intrigued and fascinated by rural Florida, she filled notebooks with observations about the people she encountered and their way of life. She sustained herself with a citrus grove while writing manuscripts. Despite encountering disappointing rejections from publishers, along with the hardships of being a farmer, her steadfast resilience ultimately led to a Pulitzer Prize for The Yearling in 1939 and worldwide fame. As a 5th-generation native Floridian, Lisa Faire enjoys reading MKR's novels and visiting the MKR Historic State Park. This particular barn on the grounds of the park is a replica built by the University of Florida (Lisa's alma mater).