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"In the solution of the great economic problems of the present age, I see a return to the soil. I go into farming because my philosophy and research has taught me to recognize the fact that a return to the soil is the basis of economics…Do you realize that I devote two hours a day to writing and ten to farming? My work on this land, and my message to America, go hand in hand."
- Jack London, 1916

The Londons' Cottage

Step Back in Time and Enter the World of Jack London

The Cottage was the Londons’ principal home on the Beauty Ranch. This wood-framed Cottage, built in the 1860s, was purchased by London in 1911, along with the Kohler and Frohling Winery buildings. It was enlarged after the Wolf House burned in 1913 until it included some 3000 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 opened to visitors. These two buildings capture Jack and Charmian’s bohemian lifestyle and their unique working relationship.

Artifacts, photographs and paintings from the Londons’ collection exemplify the vigor, humor and creativity central to life at the ranch. Here, in the morning hours, Jack wrote his 1000 words a day while Charmian edited, typed manuscripts and letters. In the afternoon, the Londons joined their guests for the day’s conviviality and recreation on the Ranch.

Hours and Fees

Noon–4 pm Cottage and Stone Dining Room

$3 admission fee.

Children age 12 and under enter for free.

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