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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site Tao House

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

The home of playwright Eugene O'Neill is open to the public for tours.

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Stunning views!

Wonderful historic place to visit...and it's all free! Amazing views of the valley from high in the hills....great bonus.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
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San Francisco Bay Area
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Wonderful historic place to visit...and it's all free! Amazing views of the valley from high in the hills....great bonus.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

An important site in the Eugene O'Neill world, this home in the hills is where he wrote some of his best plays. You take a park shuttle from the town below with a ranger, who gives the tour of the house. The view alone, even if you're not an O'Neill fan, is worth the trip. And since it's a National... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Don't miss this free tour of Eugene O'Neill's home "Tao" in Danville. If you want a guided tour which only accommodates twelve per tour, you must call at least 2 weeks in advance.

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Thank Ronald G
San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Any serious Eugene O'Neill scholar or any fan of his work MUST visit here. This is where the late masterpieces -- Long Day's Journey into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Iceman Cometh -- were written, and his study is perfectly preserved as he wanted. Most of the house is furnished now and restored to the way it was... More 

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

My daughter had to choose a local Danville resident to research and write a report on. Eugene O'Neill was not one of the options so her teacher gave her permission to do hers on him. I have a minor in theater so the idea came from me. Anyway, you can't drive to the house you have to go to the... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Strange Guy, Interesting House I never read anything his wrote or saw any of his mostly depressing plays. But what an amazing story. I got the basics by reading up on him. Then we visited the house and got the whole sad story. Actually, the ranger who guided us through the house presented it in a rather humorous way that... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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24 reviews
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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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