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“History Lesson”

Jack London State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Glen Ellen
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Owner description: Jack London State Historic Park, comprised of 1400 acres, is the legacy of Jack London, one of America's most famous authors. The park offers historic buildings dating to the late 1870's, great scenic beauty and more than 20 miles of trails open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. The park is open year-round, 7 days, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is no camping. Day Use fee is $10/car. Historic buildings include the House of Happy Walls, the Wolf House Ruin, barns, the Cottage where Jack London lived and died and the famous "Pig Palace".
Seattle, Washington
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284 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“History Lesson”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Jack London State Park is worth a visit even if you think you know a lot about California history or the life of the colorful writer. Within an hour you can tour the original ranch area and make a short visit to the museum on the other side of the main drive. More time is even better to walk the trails and talk with the docents, since the museum is full of stories, objects and lore from a golden age of exploration. Kids should love learning about the working life of the ranch and the author's globe-trotting adventures.

Visited July 2013
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Bloomington, Illinois
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Amazing trails, quiet woods, and lots of interesting history about Jack London all wait at this state park. London was a passionate farmer and innovator. I would never have known had I not stopped in the park. We planned for a few hours, stayed 5, and could have done a few more days! Lots of trails and things to see & explore!

Visited June 2013
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“Warm and spectacular”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Great place to hike (watch out for poison oak) and enjoy views of the valley and wonderful redwoods, ferns and oaks. Very compelling museum with info on Jack London, a fascinating man and writer

Visited May 2013
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Fargo, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great break from the tasting rooms”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Went here after a couple tastings and lunch. I have read some of London's work (White Fang, Call of the Wild, short stories) but not for many years. Interesting contrast between the story presented at the Park and the one I researched on-line after returning home that evening. Anyway, museum was interesting, and a definite place to go to learn about the mis-adventures of the Snark. The Wolf House is fascinating, both in terms of the story and of the ruins. The trees and the property are wonderful. A visit here was just a great counter-point to a day spent tasting wine and talking to vintners. There is a fee, but we got in on a pass from our lodging, so you might want to check...

Visited May 2013
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Outside Basingstoke
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“Find Jack London”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Located in an attractive site in the hills, this was a real treat. We walked through the woods to the magnificent ruin of Jack's dream house and then to the graves before entering Charmian's house, now the museum. Here we saw lots of memorabilia including spears and masks from Polynesia as well as items from his writing and lecturing tours.

Down to the farm where Jack tried to develop agriculture in this depressed area. Strangely enough, he took out the vines which have since become so renowned in Napa Valley to concentrate on ranching. Unmissable was the cottage where he lived and worked, well worth the extra entry fee. The guides were happy to tell us about the family and how they used the cottage in Jack's day, and to see where he wrote, ate, entertained and slept was moving and items like his early dictaphone fascinating.

Free transport between these places is available for the less mobile and allow yourself time to savour the place.

Visited May 2013
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