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Yearling Trail, Ocala National Forest, Florida, USA

Located in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness of the Ocala National Forest of Florida, the Yearling trail visits several historic sites, once homesteads of the Long family.  Portions of the Long Family history are recounted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Yearling, by author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

In 1872, Reuben Long followed an earlier settler, Patrick Smith, to begin establishing a homestead with his family.  Most of the Long descendants left the area by 1908 when the Ocala National Forest was designated.  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings interviewed the remaining two families in 1933 for material for her book.  Those families then left the area in 1935.

This picture shows the view as it might have been seen from the homestead of Reuben and Sara Long.  The long-leaf pine, palmettos, oak and low rolling sandy hills stretch into the distance.

Copyright: John Roberts
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 17252x8626
Taken: 17/12/2010
Uploaded: 03/01/2011
Updated: 07/03/2015


Tags: wilderness; national forest; palmetto; oak; trail; homestead
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