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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Glen Ellen in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Old Winery

The London's Many Guests and Workers Slept Here

 
 
The Old Winery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
1. The Old Winery Marker
On the right is a diagram of the rooms in the Old Winery, click on the image to enlarge it.
Inscription. The ruins before you are all that remains of Kohler and Frohling Winery's main building. Damaged by the 1906 earthquake, the structure was later converted by the London's into living quarters for their many workers and guests.
Jack's stepsister, Eliza London Shepard, oversaw the old winery remodeling. As Beauty Ranch Superintendent, she directed the ranch'e daily operations from her office here.
In 1965 fire gutted the building, destroying many valuable documents and artifacts.
 
Erected by California State Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 38° 21.296′ N, 122° 32.821′ W. Marker is near Glen Ellen, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from London Ranch Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen CA 95442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "We live in a beautiful part of the country." (here, next to this marker); Jack and Charmian London Entertained Here (a few steps from this marker); Jack London experimented (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack London's Terraces Shaped the Land for Preservation
The Old Winery ruins and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
2. The Old Winery ruins and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Eucalyptus - The Cash Crop that Failed (within shouting distance of this marker); Horse Power and Manure (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jack London Had A Dream (about 400 feet away); Jack London Historical State Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Ellen.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located near the "Cottage" at Beauty Ranch in Jack London State Historic Park. The Park is at the end of London Ranch Road.
 
Also see . . .  Winemaking at Jack London's ranch - The Press Democrat. Jack London never made wine or, for that matter, had much to do with growing grapes. But the history of winemaking and grape growing goes back to before London's time on the property where he eventually lived and died, and where the ruins of a winery, distillery and sherry barn still stand, at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. (Submitted on April 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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