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Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

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Address: Weaverville, CA
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A preserved 1874 Taoist temple.

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Amazing piece of history!!

Holy moly, this place was an absolute delight! We had a great tour guide, and even got to enter the gated off area and see shrines up close and light an incense.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ryan B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Holy moly, this place was an absolute delight! We had a great tour guide, and even got to enter the gated off area and see shrines up close and light an incense.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This place is a gem nestled in the mountains of northern California. It is the original Chinese temple from the gold rush error that is not just preserved but is still in use today. Amazing. You walk inside and you see history mixed with modern celebration. There two gentlemen there of Chinese decent that were having quite the discussion about... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

This is truly a valuable part of Weaverville's history. Well preserved and well cared for. We took the tour with Gail who has a wealth of knowledge and experience and makes the tour informative and pertinent. (Thank you Gail) The $4 entry charge is well worth while and we would encourage everyone visiting who is interested in the important role... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Dr Gail Goodyear (I hope I have her name correct) gave my wife and I a wonderful tour of this Chinese temple. Gail made the temple come alive with her absolutely astounding knowledge of the temple, Chinese religious culture and the history of the Joss House going back into Gold Rush times and back into the future. It was hugely... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

On our visit to Weaverville we had the pleasure of visiting the Chinese Temple. We were not aware that 2,000 Chinese workers lived in Weaverville and worked the gold mines. The temple tour was fascinating and the tour guide was excellent. She had spent time in China and was especially knowledgeable about the culture and the religious practices. We highly... More 

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Graeagle, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

This was our 3rd visit to the Joss House. The docents are always informative. We learn something new every time.

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Redding, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

The history and the antiquity of the place is very impressive. the volunteer docents do a wonderful job, tour was small, we were not hurried, and were encouraged to take the time to learn and see everything. I highly recommend spending the time to see this wonderful and RARE place.

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Los Gatos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Joss house itself and site were closed when we were there but the ranger was "doing office work" and saw us wandering around and came out and gave us a very nice welcome and history. Important part of California history and nice welcome to Weaverville.

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

A staff person at Shasta State Historic Park told us about the Joss House in Weaverville CA. Off we went to Weaverville and the Joss Temple. The drive took about 1 hour on a windy one lane road for the most part. But as long as you are patient and can enjoy the scenery along the way, the drive will... More 

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American canyon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Worth a stop, impressive. A link in time to the Chinese population in early California and their impact.

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