“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Do you remember reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? His stories still live on the page, in the movies, on Broadway, and in our heart. Stevenson, a literary celebrity during his lifetime, now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His literary genius grew from his travels. Travel fed his imagination and creative inspiration. If you’re a traveler who loves to read and create, you’ll enjoy visiting California and New York to learn and explore the wonders of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Places to visit to return to your childhood dreams at Robert Louis Stevenson’s sites.
Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum houses thousands of objects representing the writer’s life from childhood to his last years. Some of the highlights include an ornate mahogany writing desk that Stevenson owned when he penned Treasure Island, his toy soldiers, and rare first editions of his works.
Silverado Museum is located at 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena, CA and it’s open daily in the afternoon.
Stevenson House located in Monterey, CA. is the home where Stevenson lived while waiting for his future bride to obtain a divorce. He lived in The French Hotel, formerly a boarding house, and is now called the Stevenson Hotel. His walks on the Monterey Coast provided the setting of his Treasure Island. The California State Park’s Stevenson House Collection has an extensive listing of the Stevenson’s objects on display at this home.
You’ll find the Stevenson Museum located at 530 Houston Street, Monterey, CA. Tour hours vary, so call for guided tour information
Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottages in the Adirondack Mountains is where Stevenson lived during the winter in 1887-1888. During his stay here he worked on Master of Ballantrae. Stevenson Cottage Life offers exciting details on the writer’s inspiration for this novel and his other prolific writings during his stay at Saranac Lake.
Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage located at 44 Stevenson Lane, Saranac Lake, New York is open July through Columbus Day; closed Monday; other times by appointment.
Here are a few of Robert Louis Stevenson’s best novels to take you back to your childhood.