Events & Programs
Spring Scrub Trip (2004)
Each Spring the State Historic Site sponsors a field trip to the setting for The Yearling.
Points in the Ocala National Forest visited are:
- Pat's Island
- Silver Glenn Springs
- Hopkins Prairie
The Baxter homestead was on Pat's Island. Early in the book Jody breaks away from his chores to build a flutter mill on the Silver Glenn Spring Run. One bear hunt described in the book takes Jody and Penny to Hopkins Prairie. During the trip to these sites a ranger reads appropriate passages from MKR's work. The trip truly helps one fully appreciate the wonderful descriptions of nature found in the Rawlings writing.
Here are some selected photos from 2004.
Ma Baxter morns the loss of several children in The Yearling. This is the Long Family Cemetery at Pat's Island.
Hopkins Prairie Pine, mentioned in The Yearling.
Friends hiking the trail to Pat's Island.
Ranger reading from The Yearling.
This is where the Baxter family went for water (sink hole).