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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 #2 of 11 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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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Cork, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We visited here today having caught the shuttle bus run by the National park Service from Danville Railway Museum. It was only 10 minutes to the house and we completed the visit in just under two hours. On arrival we had a brief introduction before being invited to wander around the house and grounds. The house is wonderfully restored and... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I've been on the guided tour and a play and both times being there were informative and entertaining. Came home with the book "Longday's Journey Into Night" which is O'Neill's autobiographical play. Very good, couldn't put the book down. I forgot the name of the play but it was very good. I plan on attending another play once the schedule... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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289 reviews 289 reviews
93 attraction reviews
504 helpful votes 504 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
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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188 reviews 188 reviews
47 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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