Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen

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Jack London State Historic Park, also known as Jack London Home and Ranch, is a California State Historic Park near Glen Ellen, California, United States, situated on the eastern slope of Sonoma Mountain. It includes the ruins of a house burned a few months before Jack London and family were to move in, a cottage in which they had lived, another house built later, and the graves of Jack London and his wife. The property is both a California Historical Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.

The Jack London home, called the Wolf House, is a sizable stone structure, which was destroyed by fire and whose ruins are visible within the state park property. The sloping terrain of the park has a considerable occurrence of Goulding clay loam soils, particularly in the lower reaches.
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  • Beautiful place to picnic, hike and learn about the history of the ranch and the multi-faceted author and adventurer Jack London. The park website will have updated information about the park. The... 
    Beautiful place to picnic, hike and learn about the history of the ranch and the multi-faceted author and adventurer Jack London. The park website will have updated information about the park. The...  more »
  • We really enjoy stopping by this park when in the area to go for a hike or learn more about the life and accomplishments of the author, Jack London. It is amazing how many people no longer know who... 
    We really enjoy stopping by this park when in the area to go for a hike or learn more about the life and accomplishments of the author, Jack London. It is amazing how many people no longer know who...  more »
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  • Absolutely worth visiting if you have a few hours to spare! The grounds are gorgeous and offer short trails to the various buildings on the estate. Lots of redwood, oak and eucalyptus trees. A surprisingly large amount of Jack London’s items are preserved, giving an immersive experience at the museum and cottage. The volunteers there were also very knowledgeable and friendly. I didn’t know much about London prior to my visit, but he was a fascinating person who lived a full life in 40 years. The park was not too busy at all on a Friday- we had the trail to Wolf House and the cottage mostly to ourselves.
  • Wow! This state park, run by knowledgeable volunteers, is a worthwhile activity! Start at the museum to orient yourself on Jack and Charmian London then walk to the Wolf House (burned just before they were to move in), then gravesite. After that, walk over to the cottages and farm. Until yesterday, I had no idea about the inspiration for his books and his innovative environmental/ farming interests. If you have a chance to catch a docent tour, it is definitely worth scheduling your time to attend one for some inside information. The grounds are spectacular to walk (watch out for the poison oak). There are some hills but the park also has carts to take you, if you are unable to walk. There are lots of beautiful spots to enjoy a picnic. The $10 parking fee pays for the upkeep of the park and worth it. Plan to spend the entire day!

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