Portrait of RLS by John Singer Sargent
Portrait of RLS by John Singer Sargent
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson (Stevenson House Collection, California State Parks)

Walk in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson

RLS family in Samoa. (Stevenson House Collection, California State Parks)

with Monica Hudson of California Legacy Tours

Walk in the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson

Advance Purchase Strongly Recommended, check online calendar for already scheduled tours.

Purchase tickets at the latest by 8:00 AM the day of the tour.

Duration 2 hours, $25.00 per person, min. 2 people
Meet in front of the Museum of Monterey (MOM)
on Custom House Plaza. Parking at Fisherman’s Wharf.

You have always wondered why Robert Louis Stevenson, the sickly Scottish writer came to Monterey and why Monterey has the largest collection of his personal artifacts in the world?  You have been curious how he influenced other local writers and how the journey to Monterey changed his life? This most unusual story of daring and romance unfolds as you walk through the historic center of old Monterey with Monica as your guide. This leisurely stroll will take you by many of the places which RLS frequented when he was here in 1879 when: “The town, then, was essentially and wholly Mexican”…  He was walking along the waterfront which we call Cannery Row today, when he stumbled on the Chinese fishing village; he was musing how the man “…writes home the news of Monterey to the Celestial Empire”. He walked along much of what we know as the 17 Mile Drive today, and he worries about the future of Monterey when the Hotel Del Monte will open it’s doors: “Alas for the little town! It is not strong enough to resist the influence of the flaunting caravanserai, and like the poor, quaint, penniless native gentlemen of Monterey must perish, like a lower race, before the millionaire vulgarians on the Big Bonanza.”

Robert Lewis Stevenson was a keen observer and you will come away with many answers to your questions, and with a new appreciation for the author who gave us Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

“It would be a pleasure to share with you what I have learned about this unusual man and his work in my years of researching archives in different parts of the world, and in nearly 20 years of giving tours for California State Parks at the Stevenson House Museum which has a fabulous RLS collection.”  Monica


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