Micanopy and Cross Creek

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Montgomery Presbyterian Center

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Monday, March 14, 2011

"Cross Creek belongs to the wind and the rain, to the sun and the seasons, to the cosmic secrecy of seed, and beyond all to time."        
                                             -Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,
Cross Creek

We had a nice breakfast in the dining room and then we were off to Micanopy. Loved seeing the dogwoods in bloom!  They don't do well as far south as Orlando.  Micanopy is a quaint little town and our first stop was the museum, where we listened to a docent share some local history. It didn't take long to peruse the collection of artifacts and such.  I saw some things very reminiscent of the Orange County Regional History Center where I volunteer and I learned that Negro Abraham was an advisor/counselor to Chief Micanopy.  Though the gift shop was tiny, we found a few souvenirs we couldn't leave without.



A short walk down the street took us to a small restaurant called The Florida Cafe, where we had an excellent lunch---chili and Cuban sandwich. John had flan for dessert and I had carrot cake---yummy!  There was even live music on the patio.


After lunch we headed back to the museum where we had a "living history" presentation.  Three soldiers of the Second Seminole War along with one "Black" (not really!) Seminole.  They were in uniform; the soldiers looked authentic, the Indian, not so much. It was quite interesting and I learned quite a bit about the Second Seminole War, including the fact that it was the only one of three Seminole Wars that was significant.  I already knew it was the most relevant to Central Florida history but apparently it was true of North Florida, too.  I believe everyone enjoyed the presentation.


We loaded the bus soon after and headed for Cross Creek.  At the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic Site we were met by a state park ranger/docent in period dress who spoke to us about Marjorie and her life at Cross Creek before allowing us to walk through the home.  John was surprised we could take photos as long as we used no flash.  Having been to Cross Creek at least twice before, there was nothing new or surprising so it was not exactly a highlight of the week.










Dinner back at the Center was excellent! Even blackberry cobbler ala mode. Delicious!

After dinner, most of us watched the movie "The Yearling." John watched maybe 10 minutes and left. He said he already knew the deer died!  I had seen the film less than a year ago and thought I wouldn't enjoy it but I did on some level.  I am looking forward to seeing "Cross Creek" later in the week.


Tomorrow:  Meeting J. T. Glisson---that's exciting!







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John Gardepe on

This was an amazing trip that exceeded all expectations. The coordinator was fantastic. This is truly unique area of Florida rich with history and characters.

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