DIG THIS! Now you can leave your shovel at home and let us do all the heavy lifting! Our skilled equipment operators bring the artifact-laden soil to you on custom screen tables, where you can sift through the sands of time for the relics of Florida’s ancient Native American history.
Own property or know someone with a potential ancient artifact site?
Property surveys/evaluations performed by our knowledgeable team.
Introducing our newest amazing artifact-rich site, "Cross Creek"!
This site is located in an area that has a proven history of high-quality and hard to find middle Archaic through Woodland relics. The ancient indigenous peoples that lived in this area are well known to have utilized high-grade lithic materials to heat and create exceptional tools and projectile points! The always elusive but highly sought after Lochloosa Newnan is prevalent on Lochloosa Lake and Orange Lake, and our site is right in the middle of both! Both Newnan projectile points and Lochloosa Newnans were found during our initial testing, and we can't wait to see the amount and the quality that you find!!!
Perfectly located in beautifully biodiverse and ecologically rich Alachua County, our Cross Creek site is only 30 minutes from Gainesville and Ocala. Come see, explore, and experience the old Florida that you have dreamed about!
Come in and enjoy some real home-cooked Southern favorites!
We're back with a full menu, full bar and
Browse our gift shop, our library and see our collection of local wildlife and antiques.
Established in 1952, The Yearling has become a Florida Landmark.
We serve Southern Cuisine, specializing in the food rural Floridians have hunted, fished and prepared for generations.
We invite you to Cross Creek, a little bend in the road, enchanting in its unspoiled beauty.
Here you'll find yourself back in time. In the canopy of granddaddy oaks, tall palms, and lush citrus groves, wildlife abounds.
Come inside and you'll be immersed in the ambience of the old South, genuine hospitality, and great live entertainment.
You'll find us on County Road 325 on Cross Creek, just 14 miles from Gainesville and 25 miles from Ocala. Easily accessible from either Highway 301 or Highway 441.
Come for the food. Come for the entertainment, or stay in one of our restored cabins.
We hope you will be as taken with the flavor and spirit of old Florida as we are.
This is not just a restaurant, it's a destination.
Enjoy the natural beauty Cross Creek has to offer.
We have a great firepit down by the Creek, just bring your wood and enjoy a cozy campfire! At the Secret River Lodge we have seven restored cabins, a perfect spot to get away and relax.
After booking, please make sure to download, print and sign this waiver of liability and bring it along with you on the day of your artifact adventure!
For screen digs, we provide lunch and for all types of digs, unlimited bottled water is included. We also recommend that you bring a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, latex-coated work gloves, rags and a change of clothes.
Detailed information and directions will be provided for confirmed bookings, the week of your reservation date. Please provide your contact information at booking, including email address, phone number and preferred method of contact.
Children 5 and over are welcome. We love furry friends too, but unfortunately, we cannot accept pets for liability reasons.
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