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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site - Tao House

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Address: P.O. Box 280, Danville, CA 94526
Phone Number: 925-838-0249
Description: The home of playwright Eugene O'Neill is open to the public for tours.

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We went on 20 June and learned a ton about the man and his lifestyle. We went on a self guided tour and Tory, the NPS ranger was gracious enough to walk with us and provide a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

We went on 20 June and learned a ton about the man and his lifestyle. We went on a self guided tour and Tory, the NPS ranger was gracious enough to walk with us and provide a wealth of info. She was a great addition. Getting there is a bit of a chore, but we found it worth the effort.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We like to hike and many years came to find this site by walking on the back side of the property. The first thing you see is a meadow. In this meadow, if very early in the am, you can see coyotes galloping around the green grass. Lots of cows, birds and hawks. Then you walk into the gate, and... More 

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Eugene O'Neill's house is very mysterious... you can feel the vibe when inside this place... a lot of history and sad events happened in this place. Very inspirational views... amazing views of Mt. Diablo and in the foothills of gorgeous Las Trampas hills! This place is a must for historians and literature lovers.

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've been many times and find the atmosphere inspiring. This is where O'Neill wrote his masterpieces. You are looking at the actual barn that is the backdrop of "Moon for the Misbegotten." The docent tours describing his life are fascinating. Be sure to hear the recording of his voice in his study. The book store will keep you occupied. For... More 

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East Bay, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I've been twice. Incredible setting and ambitious visitors can hike up to the house and/or back (just talk with your guide about options) and there is gorgeous hiking from the house in the east bay regional park. The park looks over danville and into the hills. The tour was different both times I went, so I learned a lot about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

When you learn about O Neill and his extraordinarily difficult life, you will marvel at how he produced his complex brooding plays. Most would have ended up in an institution! This free visit involves making an advance appointment and showing up in town -from here you are driven in a van to the property. Our outstanding ranger guide painted a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Our tour guide, Victoria Baird, was outstanding. She had only been doing this for 6 months, but had studied extensively about O'Neill and has the unusual ability to ability both to enlighten and entertain her audience at the same time. The Tao House, as it is called, has a beautiful setting and simple architecture. You will love seeing where O'Neill... More 

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Moraga, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

the views of Mt. Diablo are stunning and the history of Eugene O'Neill very interesting. Well worth the visit!

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San Ramon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I came to the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site/Tao House and was blown away by its beauty! What a wonderful local treasure! This place is free to visit. All you need to do is make reservations with the National Park Service and you're set to go. Guided tours are given by park rangers Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. One of... More 

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Lead Park Ranger Thaddeus Shay lead us on an exquisite, informative, emotional literary tour of Tao House. We left Danville by bus and toured the (relatively) small home of the great author where he resided only for seven years, but where he wrote his most revered plays. Seeing the desk and room where he worked will always be a fond... More 

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Address: Address: P.O. Box 280, Danville, CA 94526
Phone Number: 925-838-0249
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Danville

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