Tallac Historic Site

Tallac Historic Site, South Lake Tahoe: Hours, Address, Tallac Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Tallac Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A Historic Site made up of 3 Estates built between 1894 and 1930. Each Estate has something different and exciting for visitors to do and see! Learn the amazing history of this area in the free museum, then stroll through the former summer homes and gardens of four wealthy gilded-age families. Guided, self-guided, and private tours are available.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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TravelSmart4u
Pataskala, OH83 contributions
Enjoyable Visit
Jun 2021 • Couples
Enjoyable afternoon learning the history of the area and the family. The artifacts were displayed well and the hosts were knowledgeable.
Written June 8, 2021
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Guide66439753985
Gilroy, CA3 contributions
Nice walk to the historic places
May 2021
Even though the homes were closed, we toured the grounds by ourselves. Come and visit. There is a nice beach to swim and paddle board.
Written May 19, 2021
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callucan
Roseville, CA91 contributions
Uncrowded gem
Oct 2020 • Couples
Kudos to the many volunteers & the Forrest Service. These beautiful acres & historic bldgs. are better than ever. Unlike so much else as you enter the south end of Lake Tahoe. Closed for the season now (not because of Covid-19), one can still freely walk the grounds, watch a sailboat of 2 on Fallen Leaf Lake, & picnic with the bunnies & chipmunks. There are some picnic tables & benches too.
Please pick up your garbage! We sadly had to put on our Covid gloves & do that at one spot right outside the prettiest Lake house! (And we were just vacationing tourists too.)
Plenty of trash receptacles.
And very informative signs to read even when the families' homes are not manned by docents. The number & variety of healthy pines along with the quiet lapping of lake's waves on the small pebbly shore bring peaceful deep breaths.
Aided by only a handful of people around! So if you are not a history buff, stay away.
Written October 27, 2020
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Derek G
San Francisco, CA29 contributions
A Quick And Enjoyable Visit To Historic Grounds
Oct 2020
The museum and access to the historic structures in this public park are closed due to Covid 19 pandemic restrictions. Our party of four, consisting of two adults and two slightly bored teens, enjoyed ourselves regardless. The grounds are lovely and well-maintained. Even without access to the interiors of the buildings, it was a fun and educational experience.

You will get the most out of your visit by reading all of the well-written signage throughout the grounds. Some of the historic structures are located very close to Lake Tahoe, so there are plenty of photo opportunities from the shoreline.

Because your visit does not include access to any buildings, it will likely be a quick one - maybe 30 minutes or so. There was plenty of parking in the late afternoon and we encountered very few other visitors to the area.
Written October 27, 2020
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Linda C
8 contributions
Quiet and Beautiful
Oct 2020 • Couples
We visited the first of October. Even though the museum and tours were closed we had a delightful stroll through the grounds. Good signage tells the history of the place and you can just imagine being a guest in the heyday of the area. We will surely come back for a tour, but don't let the seasonal closure keep you from enjoying this lovely spot.
Written October 3, 2020
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Cal M
Tucson, AZ26 contributions
A Tahoe Treasure
Oct 2020 • Couples
This has become my favorite place that we visited in Lake Tahoe. Here some of the early history of development is preserved in land, architecture, gardening and machinery.
This place is still alive, and keeps its past relevant by experiential education. Local organizations keep the grounds immaculate.
We rode our bikes on paved trails and also walked on some others. Relaxing, informative, peaceful and fun!
Written October 1, 2020
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683keith
Torrance, CA11 contributions
Beautifully restored site
Aug 2020
A beautiful set of homes and buildings that have been restored to show the way the families lived there in the early to mid 20th century. Unfortunately unable to enter any of them due to Covid, but able to look in the windows and odors to see a large portion of the properties.
Written August 16, 2020
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Edward V
Brentwood, CA428 contributions
Spend time walking around
Aug 2020 • Couples
We literally ran into this area on our bike ride. So many structures to see. Have to go back with more time. The grounds are well kept and the old structures are restored and neat.
Written August 13, 2020
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Ruhskis
Vail, CO576 contributions
My Favorite Sightseeing Excursion
Jul 2020
Because of COVID, we were limited as to the things we could do and still follow social distancing guidelines. This was one place where it was easy to stroll without dealing with crowds and get a sense of what it must have been like when the San Francisco elite vacationed here without even having to think about crowds. Sadly, all of the homes and the museum were closed, be it was relatively easy to stay 6 feet away from others and still enjoy the ambiance. There was a picnic area on the grounds where we were able to eat the food we brought in safety. We would love to come again when the pandemic is over and enjoy it more fully.
Written July 19, 2020
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Rorke D
Homosassa Springs, FL54 contributions
Quiet beauty
Nov 2019 • Solo
Did a self guided tour since it was closed for the season. Visited around 9 am & enjoyed the quiet majesty of the lake. Very little grade or incline & short walk from lake to parking makes more accessible than Vikingsholm beach. Incredibly clear water.
Written November 9, 2019
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