A Big Sur Treasure

posted by Sharon March 14, 2016 23 Comments
Henry Miller Memorial Library

If you’re heading Big Sur way, along the scenic Highway 1 coastline drive in California, take time to find and savor an almost-hidden jewel. The Henry Miller Memorial Library is in a small house in this area where the author lived. He moved here from Europe in 1944 and lived here 18 years. This ramshackle building set in a grove of tall redwoods is more of an experience than a museum.

Look up, look down and you’ll find something intriguing. The fluttering collection of money from visitors around the world continues to grow.

Here’s your invitation from the library’s website: “Come on in for a visit, make yourself a cup of coffee, browse our books, and hang out with Theo the cat on our deck.”

The library provides rich atmosphere for concerts and other events. The day we discovered the library, preparations for a wedding were underway.

Henry Miller’s writing was unconventional. So is the library opened in his honor. Though some of his writing is controversial, here’s a quote that’s not:

Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

I believe even Theo the cat could agree.

How about you? Have you discovered a hidden treasure of a place lately?

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23 Comments

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tanya breese March 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

what a wonderful find!

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Tamar March 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

What a cool place to explore! I would love to see that part of CA one day.

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Ariadne Skyrianidou March 14, 2016 at 12:57 pm

That’s really interesting!Thanks for the share!AriadnefromGreece!

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klara March 14, 2016 at 6:45 pm

that Underwood typewriter is so cool.

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Jesh StG March 14, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Thank you so much for being a part of Seasons with this treasure! I know this highway – but never seen this “museum” – great to spend some time there:) so, is it close to Big Sur?
Wishing you a happy week, and am looking forward to see you back soon with one of your wonderful images!

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Mitzi March 14, 2016 at 8:14 pm

These are absolutely awesome! But that kitty…well, looks just a little grumpy in the one shot…maybe he was just needing his nap!

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angie March 14, 2016 at 9:06 pm

love the frumpy cat in this post and oh my what a good time it seems someone will have when it is all ready to go

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Villroses hage March 14, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Nice place, even with the cat!

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linky March 14, 2016 at 11:57 pm

What a delightful place to visit – I’d love to explore there!
Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-fight-continues.html

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Pat March 15, 2016 at 4:31 am

I missed seeing the Henry Miller library on our trip driving Highway ! through the Big Sure. If I ever return to the area I will make sure to stop. Being from Brooklyn, NY, myself, I love that poster! 🙂

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Margaret Birding For Pleasure March 15, 2016 at 7:32 am

what a fascination place tovisit. Love the B & W typewritter

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bettyl-NZ March 15, 2016 at 9:49 am

This is a great find! How wonderful to see all the memorabilia.

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Driller's Place March 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Live was meant to be experienced and some of the best moments are in the nooks and crannies of larger places. One has to stop and smell the roses to find a little piece of paradise like this. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a blessed day.

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Forest Dream Weaver March 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm

What a fascinating place to visit…..thanks for sharing!

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Anne@GritandGiggles March 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Certainly looks like an interesting place to go and relax in.

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handmade by amalia March 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm

What a fun place to visit. Theo looks exhausted from all the excitement.
Amalia
xo

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Su-sieee! Mac March 17, 2016 at 1:41 am

I have yet to stop at Henry Miller’s library. Fortunate for me, it’s not too far away. Thanks for the look-see.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

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Ida P. Krause March 17, 2016 at 2:23 am

What a charming and quaint place. Theo is adorable.

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Abrianna March 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

That is a great find. and a pretty venue for an outdoor wedding too.

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Kim Cunningham March 17, 2016 at 9:25 pm

So much wisdom in that quote of his. Oh to live that way! I enjoy coming along on your travels as you seem to find the most interesting things!

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Lisa at LTTL March 17, 2016 at 9:52 pm

I just bookmarked this Sharon. Highway 1 is on our shortlist of must does.. we want to either drive up or down it. This stop is right up my alley…. it reminds me so much of Shakespeare’s bookstore in Paris. Swoon. Thanks for posting, I am super excited to add this stop to our list.

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DBA Mountaineer March 18, 2016 at 4:01 pm

thanks for sharing this.

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Heidrun March 19, 2016 at 7:52 am

Thank you Sharon,
I enjoyed this Post so much, great for Image-In-Ing. I’m a Fan of Henry Miller…
Heidrun

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