The Cottage was London's principal home on the Beauty Ranch. This wood-framed cottage was purchased by London in 1911 along with the Kohler and Frohling winery buildings. It was enlarged after 1911 until it included some 3,000 square feet of living space. Here he wrote many of his later stories and novels.
In 2006, restoration of the cottage was completed and the re-furnished cottage and Stone Dining Room were opened to visitors. These two buildings capture Jack and Charmian's bohemian lifestyle and close working relationship. The Cottage and Stone Dining Room are open from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Admission fees are $4 for adults, $2 for seniors (age 62+), and $2 for students (age 13-18). Admission is free for children age 12 and under. Step back in time and enter the world of Jack London!
Docents at the Cottage and adjoining Stone Dining Room will interpret the fascinating life of Jack and Charmian London and their unique working relationship. Paintings, sketches and photographs from the London's collection exemplify the vigor, humor and creativity central to life at the ranch. Early 20th century farming, experiments in agronomy and farm operation were London's passion, all while maintaining a writing schedule of 1000 words per day. The women in London's life, including his second wife Charmian, who managed his writings, and his step-sister Eliza, who ran the ranch from 1910 to 1939, made it possible for Jack to be prolific, inventive, and adventurous.