In 1839 Mariano Vallejo built a saw mill, where Asbury Creek empties into Sonoma Creek. The mill still stands today, a half mile south of Glen Ellen on Arnold Drive, and is perhaps the oldest building in the region.
Throughout the years the village that grew around Vallejo’s mill has remained an icon of the Valley of the Moon, always reflecting the changing world— from the conversion of the saw mill into Joshua Chauvet’s grist mill and stage coach stop (where Jack London later spent many evenings drinking and playing poker), through its years as the Pagani Winery (surviving phylloxera and prohibition with yankee ingenuity), to its rebirth during the second half of the 20th Century as an colorful art and music center, to the highly respected fine food and wine destination it has become today.
With funding from a generous grant by the Sonoma County Landmarks Commission, we have developed a self-guided tour using QR codes to tell the story of Jack London Village, and the story of the people who helped build it. By clicking on the links below you may read and hear what smart phones or similar devices access when they scan QR codes posted throughout the village.
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