HearstRanch_cover_351Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy

By Victoria Kastner

Foreword by Stephen T. Hearst

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The ranch at San Simeon. This was the phrase media mogul William Randolph Hearst nearly always used when referring to Hearst Castle, his spectacular estate overlooking the Pacific. This lavish hilltop compound is a California State Park and has been open for tours for more than fifty years. However, the 82,000 acres surrounding the Castle are still privately owned and have never been seen by the public—until now.


Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy (Abrams; November 26, 2013; U.S. $50.00/Can. $55.00 ISBN 978-1-4197-0854-1) by Victoria Kastner presents an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the vast and stunningly beautiful cattle ranch that surrounds Hearst Castle. Through never-before-seen historic images and newly commissioned photography, the Hearst Ranch and its many century-old ranch buildings and residences are revealed for the first time. The book debuts architect Julia Morgan’s cowboy bunkhouse, airplane hangar, poultry ranch, employee residences, warehouse buildings, and distant hacienda, all of which remain in daily use. It also explores the richly decorated rooms of the ornate Victorian mansion built in 1878, where Hearst family members still reside today.
Drawing on a vast archive of private family records and extensive personal correspondence, Hearst Castle historian Victoria Kastner uncovers new tales of the Hearst family and of the colorful Hearst cowboys who have been a part of the ranch’s history for 150 years. Kastner also shares fascinating stories of the many Hollywood celebrities who “roughed it” with Hearst and Marion Davies at the ranch—including Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Hedda Hopper, Colleen Moore, Cary Grant, and Will Rogers.


Hearst Ranch brings the reader back to California as it used to be, and provides an in-depth look at the remarkable Hearst family and their love for the ranch at San Simeon—one of the most beautiful places on Earth.


About the Author

Victoria Kastner, Hearst Castle’s historian, has written and lectured about San Simeon’s land and buildings for more than thirty years. She is the author of Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House (Abrams, 2000); Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land (Abrams, 2009); and coauthor of The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years (2012). She has a master’s degree in public history with an emphasis in architectural history from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in museum management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Kastner lives in Los Osos, California.


About the Essayist

Stephen T. Hearst, the great-grandson of William Randolph Hearst, is vice president and general manager of Hearst Corporation’s Western Properties. He is responsible for managing Hearst’s extensive ranching, timber and property operations—primarily located in California.


About the Book


Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy

By Victoria Kastner

Foreword by Stephen T. Hearst

Abrams / November 26, 2013

U.S. $50.00 / Can. $55.00

ISBN 978-1-4197-0854-1

Hardcover with jacket

240 pages / 9″ x 11 ¾”

250 color and black-and-white illustrations


 About the Publisher

Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS is the preeminent publisher of high quality art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, ABRAMS is the publisher of bestsellers such as the wildly popular The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, the award-winning cookbooks of Alton Brown, and the stunning photography of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Earth from Above. ABRAMS publishes books in the areas of art, photography, cooking, interior design, craft, fashion, sports, pop culture, as well as children’s books and general interest. The company’s imprints include Abrams; Abrams Appleseed; Abrams ComicArts; Abrams Image; Abrams Books for Young Readers; Amulet Books; Stewart, Tabori & Chang; and STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books.