“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts,” those words, written by William Shakespeare, were probably never uttered on film by William S. Hart. Known as a famed silent-film actor in the beginning of the century, what most people don’t know about Hart is that he was also a classically trained Shakespearean actor. During my visit to the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, I was able to step back in time during a tour of the William S. Hart Museum.
Located in the western town of Newhall, California, William S. Hart Park serves as the stomping grounds for the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. While attending the annual festival I hiked up to the William S. Hart Museum to take a free tour of the silent film stars former home and ranch.