Located on an idyllic plot in peaceful Glen Ellen, Jack London State Historic Park (jacklondonpark.com) offers a personal look at the famed writer’s adventure-filled life. An avid sailor, London spent most of his life cruising around the world with the love of his life, his wife Charmian. Sadly he picked up pellagra on one South Seas voyage, which ultimately caused the kidney damage that killed him six years later, at just 40 years old. Today this Northern California state park pays tribute to the man who brought adventure to many readers through his words, and one who left the world far too soon.
House of Happy Walls
The best place to begin your visit is at the House of Happy Walls, which houses a museum dedicated to Jack London’s life and work. The house was built in 1919 by Charmian and Eliza Shepard (Jack’s step sister) in loving memory of the author. Although it resembles Wolf House (the London’s dream home) – which burned down in 1913 – it’s somewhat smaller at just 4,760 square feet. Charmian lived there until 1952; that is when she wasn’t traveling around the world or off on her own an adventures.
Accessible parking is available in the lower lot, and there’s a a 400-foot paved path that leads to the museum. The path has a slight incline, but golf cart transportation can be arranged by calling (707) 938-5216. There are also some accessible picnic tables and a accessible porta potty in the lower parking lot.
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