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Two new tours delve deeper into Jack London history

Visitors to Jack London Park are now able to learn more about Jack and Charmian London and their “Beauty Ranch,” through a series of newly developed docent-led tours. Each tour lasts three hours.

The tour titled “The Life and Times of Charmian Kittredge London” focuses on Jack London’s wife and “mate-woman,” a 21st-century woman born in the 19th century. Charmian played classical piano, sailed to the Solomon Islands, packed a pistol and knew how to use it, boxed, rode horses astride, wrote books, and lived life through all five senses. Visit the House of Happy Walls, built by Charmian after Jack’s death, and the London cottage, stone building kitchen, dining and living rooms, where Charmian lived with Jack until his death. Tours are offered at 10 a.m. on the following dates: June 20; July 11 and 18; Aug. 1 and 15; Sept. 5 and 19; and Oct. 3 and 17.

“Moonlight Tour of Wolf Ruins” includes a night walk down the old ranch road under a full moon to the house that Jack built: the Wolf House. Learn about the extraordinary life that Jack and Charmian London led, relive the mysterious tale of the Wolf House fire, and savor the moonlit atmosphere while sipping wine produced from the grapes harvested on London’s estate. You’ll enjoy a transformative evening of storytelling and music. Moonlight tours are offered on Saturday July 20, and Saturday, September 21, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The $50 cost for the specialty tours includes wine, food and park entry fee. Reservations are recommended. Call 938-5216. More information about Jack London Park is available at

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