Tallac Historic Site
Tallac Historic Site
4.5
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
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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.
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Lisa S
Hummelstown, PA9,878 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
At first I wasn’t very interested in seeing the inside of the Pope House but our friends wanted to do it. Our tour guide was very informative and answered any question posed. After touring the inside and hearing the family backstory I was very happy we did it. To be sure no one walks in without paying the house is kept lock, even after we entered he locked the doors!

The grounds are excellent. Check out all the birdhouses, garden and the cool gym building.

I highly recommend this, plus the beach is beautiful here too.
Written August 2, 2021
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Derek G
San Francisco, CA33 contributions
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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callucan
Roseville, CA93 contributions
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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Linda C
9 contributions
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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Ruhskis
Vail, CO582 contributions
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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Davigeta
Saint Louis, MO933 contributions
Aug 2022
This was one of our favorites stops on Lake Tahoe! You get to see a number of restored buildings among the 3 sections of the park dedicated to the Popes, the Baldwins, and Valhalla. There is LOTS to see. We saw the museum, the Pope and Baldwin sections of the park, and the beach at the lake. All impressive, with interpretative displays everywhere. We saw 2 beautiful gardens. We did NOT make it to the visitor's center or Valhalla, or the ruins at the site. Easy walking, with a 13-minute film and good exhibits at the museum. Absolutely cannot miss this!
Written August 21, 2022
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Cal M
Tucson, AZ26 contributions
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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JimmyJackk
San Marcos, CA5,154 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Great place to visit near Taylor Creek. Peaceful walking trails. Had fun time with our two dogs. Right on the lake.
Written October 29, 2019
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Saxeygirl
Salt Lake City, UT1,344 contributions
We thought we'd spend an hour or two here but ended up spending most of the day. There are three "residence areas" and the National Forest Service Visitor's Center is right next door. The forest service purchased this property to open up beach access for the public. It came with several buildings on it. "Buildings" are usually handled by the Park Service. The buildings were boarded up and left to sit for several years then the residents of the area formed a group, the Tahoe Heritage Foundation, raised some money and public interest and persuaded the forest service to restore the buildings. It's been a work in progress for several years. They are helped by many volunteers, both local and outsiders who come in their RVs each summer and live in the campground there that's set aside for that purpose. We were told that they're mostly retired folks and have a variety of useful skills. Each person has to donate 30 hours a week of work to be a part of the project. The first building is called Valhalla and is rented out for weddings, concerts etc., the next property is the Pope estate which consists of the large Pope House and several cabins, which were rented to tourists "back in the day". The "House" is quite large and tours are conducted about 3 times a day. The cost is $5 and well worth it. We had only 4 in our group and the tour was hosted by a local volunteer who had grown up in the area and had a lot of interesting tales to tell. We spent 90 minutes on the tour and throughly enjoyed it. The next property is the Baldwin Museum. It is open to the public and is free. They have a short video about the property, so it's a good place to start. Also, that's where you buy tickets for the Pope House tour. Only part of the Baldwin house is open. The loft is used for offices and one room is a gift shop, but they have a lot of old photos of the area, and there is one room that has some interesting displays set up. We spent a lot of time there and read all the informative plaques. "Lucky" Baldwin was quite a character! We had no idea that the miners from Virginia City "clear cut" all the lumber around Lake Tahoe - except on the property that "lucky" owned. The photos are just shocking! The Forest Service next door has a small visitor's center and restrooms. They also have afternoon Ranger talks at 2 pm which we found interesting, and a wonderful short, easy hike called the Rainbow trail. There are signs along the way and the highlight of the hike (walk) is the stream view room, where you walk down into a room with a glass wall. We spent the better part of the day there and really enjoyed the time we spent. Also there is a great beach ( the reason they bought the property in the first place) there that is several miles long. Not a lot of afternoon shade but very pretty. Parking can be hard to find, but there are at least three parking lots in the area.
Written August 4, 2010
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OregonLogger
Albany, Oregon63 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
Very nice folk at this historic site with several wonderful old millionaires homes and guest cottages on the shore of sout Lake Tahoe. We worth the stop. No charge. Fantastic. The people there are just wonderful and full of information. Nice gardens and yards, vintage furniture and musical instruments, interesting old boat house with railroad tracks to bring the watercraft inside.
Well worth the stop.
Written December 19, 2014
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