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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site - Tao House

P.O. Box 280, Danville, CA 94526
925-838-0249
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Ranked #5 of 10 attractions in Danville
Type: Historic Sites
Description: The home of playwright Eugene O'Neill is open to the public for tours.
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We showed up to bus stop in front of the San Ramon Museum in Danville, and were among only six people who took the shuttle up the hill to the Tao House. On Saturdays, they pick up at three scheduled times and it is first come, first served. They said that the previous Saturday, they'd had no visitors at that... More

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Delray Beach, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Because the road to the house is extremely narrow and I do mean extremely narrow, the only way to get here is via a shuttle bus. The ride is short, but when two cars are in the same place at the same time, hope that both drivers are cooperative! The house is in very good condition. The tour is self... More

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Eugene O'Neill was certainly an interesting and kind of quirky individual. His home in the hills of Danville reflect those qualities. The view is magnificent and one can see why he was so in love with this property. Learn about his troubled youth, his tumultuous family life and his disapproval of his daughter, Oona's, marriage to Charlie Chaplin. You visit... More

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new mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Our site guide was not fluent in the flow and facts. The site itself was just okay without the drama a good guide could provide .

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Fort Myers, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

For those of us who know far too little about Eugene O'Neill, the guided tour by Ranger Tad is quite educational. This wonderful house on this stunning hillside in Danville gave O'Neill a respite from fame and a quiet place to dedicate himself to his writing. We visited on a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed walking the grounds and visiting... More

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Danville, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Having lived in Danville for 38 years, we have never visited this site. On a whim, when the bus tour happened to pull up as we were heading to the farmer's market, we jumped on board, saying we have always wanted to see the O'Neill site. Wonderful docent tour and beautiful grounds! Very well done and educational Well worth the... More

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Las Vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I hiked up to the site and really enjoyed visiting the outdoor displays. Will go back when I can see the entire facility.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Ranger Tad's (sp?) dedication to this site made this more than an educational experience. Learning the many facts would have interesting enough, but his telling of the story was heartfelt as well as expert.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I grow up in the area and had never been to the house. Starting with the ride up to the property, the trip was entertaining. Exploring the house with the guides in different areas was very informative and it is nicely preserved. The view from the property is wonderful and you can image what it was like before the surrounding... More

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Southern California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

A shuttle bus takes you from downtown Danville to the house. No cost for the bus or visit. A friendly ranger was there to answer any questions about Eugene O'Neill. The home has a fantastic view of the whole valley!!

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