I did a bit of research before we left and learned that her home (and the 72 acres of her citrus farm) is a state park and national historic landmark. it was a delightful trip. just a few miles - maybe a thirty minute drive? - from gainesville...it was indeed out in the middle of nowhere. but pretty nowhere. especially in late march.
|sign at the entrance to the park|
|view of the house (see it way off in the distance) from the park entrance|
our guide - ugh, I can't remember her name (mom? dad?) - was a gem.
|our guide, appropriately attired in 1930's farm "style"|
|the house, and a car similar to the one marjorie drove (she wrecked hers!)|
she made me wish I'd had an opportunity to visit marjorie at her home...to share a meal, or even to be a fly on the wall when she entertained f scott fitzgerald or gregory peck...but at the same time to be thankful I live when and where I do. with all the conveniences of a 21st century city (indoor plumbing, an electric oven, telephones, paved roads!).
|the table where marjorie wrote (on a screened porch)|
only to learn that the book is out of print. I found a decent used copy on amazon and placed my order. it arrived today. I'm already enchanted.
|I wasted no time brewing a cup of tea (and taking a photo!)|
and looking forward to reading about this view, from marjorie's kitchen window. our guide says it's in the book!
|this is the view out the window to the left of marjorie's kitchen sink|
I'd love to hear from y'all. have you read any of marjorie's books? what do you think (or better yet recommend)?