Jack London’s Homestead Offers A Scenic Getaway
Jack London, the famous author of classic novels such as “White Fang” and “The Call of the Wild,” made his home in the California Wine Country.
His home, now know as Jack London State Historic Park, offers visitors a glimpse into the life of this adventurous novelist. The park contains the cottage residence where he wrote books, short stories, articles and letters while he oversaw various agricultural enterprises. After London’s death, his wife, Charmian, continued to live in the cottage until her death in 1955. It was her wish that the ranch be preserved in memory of Jack London and his work.
"The House of Happy Walls" is a museum which Mrs. London built in a redwood grove. A path, three-fourths-of a mile long, takes visitors to a dam, lake, and bathhouse built by London. Other hikes lead up through fir and oak woodlands to views of the Valley of the Moon. Another trail leads to Jack London’s grave and to "Wolf House," London’s dream house, which was destroyed by fire in 1913.
In addition to hiking trails, the park also has areas for picnics and horseback riding. Visitors without horses can rent them in the summer. The weather can change during the various seasons so layered clothing is advised.
Jack London State Historic Park contains the cottage residence
where he wrote books, short stories, articles and letters.