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Tallac Historic Site

Highway 89, 5 miles south of Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe, California | (530) 542–4166
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Type: Museums & Monuments
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free
Hours of operation: Grounds dawn to dusk

Sights at Tallac Historic Site
The Baldwin Estate (1921)
Start your visit at the Baldwin Estate, once the hideaway for Elias J.     "Lucky" Baldwin's granddaughter. Today the main building is the Baldwin     Museum and the Educational Center for the Site.  Within the 4000 square     foot "log cabin" are exhibits on the significance of the families and the     Native American Washoe Tribe. A thirteen-minute video introduces     visitors to the history of the area. Books on the related topics and     tickets for the many tours and programs are available here. The     recently restored Dextra Baldwin cabin on the Estate offers an exhibit on  The Women of Tahoe and their contributions to the development of the     Basin. The grounds of the Baldwin Estate are left natural with the     exception of a native plants interpretive garden in development. For a     schedule of events or information related to the site call (530) 541-5227.
The Pope Estate (1894)
This is the oldest estate and also the largest. The Pope Estate was haven to     the Lloyd Tevis and George Pope families. The largest of three estates,     it is the Interpretive Center for the site. Tours are offered daily     from the end of June through mid-September. Living history programs,     children's programs and     specials events are also provided.  Many     programs at the Pope Estate are led by costumed players and relate to the     periods between 1900 and 1930. Children and adults are transported to a     different era having the opportunity to experience the pastimes of past     times. In addition to the programs, visitors can view the lifestyle of     the families, their guests and servants in the many outbuildings including a     laundry, dairy, barn and boat-house (with huge lake steamer in the process of     restoration.) We encourage you to take a moment to enjoy the quiet of     the arboretum with its non-native plants, waterfall and pond, and gazebo. The Pope     Estate  also is the home for The     Great Gatsby Festival held each year in the second week of August.
The Tallac Resort (1890-1916)
Lucky's daughter demolished the Tallac Resort in the late 1920's,     but visitors can still wander the old 'promenade' and trace the rock lined paths.      The Casino building foundation will help conjure up visions of the once great Casino     that stood here. Follow the interpretive signs on a self-guided tour.      Or better yet, take the Lucky's Legacy discovery tour with a guide who     will spark your imagination and let you feel as if you too were a guest at     this exclusive resort.
Valhalla (1923)
The Heller Estate, east of the Pope, is known as Valhalla: the Viking     heaven.  Valhalla is managed as the Community Events Center for the site     and is operated under a Special Use Permit by the     Tahoe Tallac Association.      The main building is available for meetings, weddings and other event rentals     and presents art exhibits daily. The Estate also prides itself on a     beautifully renovated boathouse, now a community theatre, and twin guest     cabins that offer fine arts and crafts for sale. All three structures     support the Associations annual Arts & Music Festival.  For a schedule     of events or information on rentals call (530) 541-4975 or visit
The Washoe
A native people of California and Nevada, the Washoe spent their summers here for many     generations. You can walk trails that lead to the areas where they gathered     food and made their homes. You may experience the Washoe culture by visiting     the Tallac Site's Washoe Garden or attending patio talks and special programs     given at the Baldwin Museum and Visitor Center.

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December 23 2010
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"Fun with the Family"

The rich and famous kicked up their heels in the 1920s at this beautiful lakeside compound of formerly private estates, an old casino, the Valhalla Boathouse, and a hotel. The buildings are restored and open for tours, and many musical and art events are held here in the summer.

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