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“The collections of contructions and narratives afford us a window into the past, and how people were using leisure time.”

Tallac Historic Site
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 21 September 2015

This makes for a pleasant walk on the south side Lake Tahoe on a foundation sponsored reasonably maintained historic site, with a limited collections of old construction and narration of life styles during past times. Excellent for mild hike.

Thank Zhiv
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"pope house"
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"self guided tour"
in 13 reviews
"great gatsby"
in 11 reviews
"early years"
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"step back in time"
in 12 reviews
"turn of the century"
in 9 reviews
"wealthy families"
in 7 reviews
"boat house"
in 9 reviews
"interesting history"
in 12 reviews
"camp richardson"
in 22 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 5 reviews
"bike ride"
in 9 reviews
"forest service"
in 9 reviews
"small museum"
in 5 reviews
"shores of lake"
in 5 reviews
"closed for the season"
in 8 reviews
"nice walk"
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Reviewed 20 September 2015

We spent a couple of hours here touring the museum and the houses. Spent a while sitting on the beach and enjoying the lake. A lovely glimpse into what life was like for the well-to-do summer crowd back in the late 1800s - early 1900s.

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Reviewed 19 September 2015

A walking history of a time the lake cannot repeat. Beautiful beach. Take your time and imagine living around here.

Thank ginah56
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Reviewed 18 September 2015

Forced inside by rain, we arrived at Tallac Historic Site in time for a tour of the Pope House, given by a docent in period costume. Lucky Baldwin's house, now a museum, is staffed by cheerful, informative people who share their knowledge of the site's bygone era. A movie reel in a back room puts history in perspective. The wee cottages for the chauffeur, laundress, tutor, gardener, etc. illustrate the luxury the Pope and Baldwin families enjoyed before the roads became choked by "horseless carriages." There are a couple of those attractive "beasts" on the property as well. Go. It's a great way to spend a leisurely afternoon, strolling down to Valhalla, imagining what life was like in Tahoe's "salad days." Oh, and there's a garden of that too.

Thank Diane640
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Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

I had walked around the grounds on many visits but was finally there last summer when it was open. Very nice, lots of history, and my very activity orientated husband enjoyed see everything. We would go again when we are there while it's open

Thank MGD828
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