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Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

Address: Weaverville, CA
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: A preserved 1874 Taoist temple.
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: A preserved 1874 Taoist temple.
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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Rare and ancient Taoist temple in the middle of gold country. The wooden temple was carved in China and shipped to California. Our guide, Jack Frost was quite knowledgeable and entertaining.

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Fallbrook, California
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Wonderful tour guide, Jack Frost. We enjoyed the history, beauty and preservation of this site. Worth a visit ($4 entry) when in the area!

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Roseville, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We have been meaning to get to this gem for a long time. My wife is Chinese American. We finally got a chance with a weekend with friends in Weed, California; so we did a detour through Weaverville. The California State Parks system has a very skeletal crew at this location, but the docent, Jack Frost (no, not kidding) is... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We took the last tour of the day. Jack, our volunteer docent", was friendly and very informative about the Chinese history in the area. The temple was rustic and authentic. A very nice park as well.

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California, USA
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135 reviews 135 reviews
26 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The historic Taoist Temple is right in middle of Weaverville. The temple's history and the story of its restoration are well told.

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Mount Olive, North Carolina
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30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It was great to visit the Joss House, although the park was closedn. We were able to walk around the grounds and the house, but the temple and the museum were closed as they are only open 4 days a week, my only complaint about the park. It was great to see a religious center preserved and I hope that... More 

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Really northern California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This gold-rush temple was built by Chinese miners, and has served continuously ever since. It contains many precious artifacts and items of beauty and interest to anyone interested in the Old West, Asian history, or unique California treasures. It is now operated by the California State Parks, with enjoyable docent-led tours several days a week. A few times a year... More 

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Berkeley, California
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19 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

On a day trip out of Redding I stopped here to explore a little, and was pleased to find a docent tour available. This is a lovely old temple and the history of the Chinese in Weaverville is different from that in many other 19th century California towns, making the visit particularly memorable. There's a small museum adjacent to the... More 

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Northern Ca.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's a museum but can still be used as a temple. It shows you some of the history of how the Chinese arrived in the 1800's, lived here , worshiped here.( they were the ones hired to work on the railroads and goldmines). The significance of some of the items which are very interesting. Their culture and beliefs (like why... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The temple is absolutely fascinating with its collection a genuine and beautiful artifacts from 19th century China. In addition to explaining the significance of the various items, our guide also gave us the story behind the building of the temple and the subterfuge Chinese community had undertaken in order to get the materials to Weaverville. Due the Chinese cultural revolution... More 

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