John Muir National Historic Site
This is the Victorian residence of scientist, philosopher and conservationist John Muir.
The John Muir National Historic Site preserves the 14-room Italianate Victorian mansion where the naturalist and writer John Muir lived, as well as a nearby 325-acre tract of native oak woodlands and grasslands historically owned by the Muir family. The main site is on the edge of Martinez in Contra Costa County. The mansion was built in 1883 by Dr. John Strentzel, Muir's father-in-law, with whom Muir went into partnership, managing his 2,600-acre fruit ranch. Muir and his wife, Louisa, moved into the house in 1890, and he lived there until his death in 1914. While living here, Muir realized many of his greatest accomplishments, co-founding and serving as the first president of the Sierra Club. The John Muir National Historic Site offers a biographical film, tours of the house and nature walks on Mount Wanda.