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John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez

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  • Very interesting tour of the house and a great film about his life! The park,ranger Nate was very informative and helpful. I highLy recommend you visit if in the area 
  • After living about 20 miles away from John Muirs home for the last 25 years and driving past it more times than I could count, today was the day when my husband and I decided to visit. I gave it very ...  read more »
  • We were staying in NoCal on the coast and thought we would visit the park on our way back to the airport. Needless to say, by the time we drove all of the winding, steep roads to get to San Fran, we w...  read more »
  • Great historic site - see where John Muir and his family lived. Tour the orchard. Not crowded and great walking and hiking. Free admission. Friendly staff.
  • Great way to learn about John Muir and see how he lived when in the bay area. The site is not too big and can be visited in a couple hours, although you can extend your visit by going for a walk on the trails across the highway. You can walk through the main house by yourself, or join the ranger led tour at specific times.
  • I have had a hard time wrapping my head around this national Park because the home belonged to his wife Louie Strentzel. She inherited it from her father and ran the 2600 acre farm, orchards, and household. After she married John, he moved in and helped with the orchards and the trees but did not run the farm. He wrote, he traveled, he camped, he lobbied, and he studied. Louie encourage him in his writing, supported him with the funds of the farm to lobby in DC and travel to Alaska, introduced him to her contacts her family had made over the years, gave him a home, 2 daughters, and "kept the home" while he traveled .....and the National Park is called John Muir's Historic Home (Site). This is how we have lost her story. I asked the ranger on duty why Louie is not mentioned in her own home, and he said "her piano is in the living room". After speaking to him in more depth he said "maybe we could do a better job in our signage". I hope he will. I hope they all will.
  • John Muir played many roles in his life, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks.
  • Terrifically well-done small museum of America's first environmentalist, filled with mementos and history. Be sure to go all the way up to the attic to take in the views and the additional displays there.
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