Tallac Historic Site

Our buildings are currently closed, but we’re almost ready for the summer season!
Join us for our opening day on May 27th!

The Tallac Historic Site is comprised of the Baldwin Estate, the Pope Estate and Valhalla.  Information here is specific to the Pope and Baldwin Estates. The entire site is open daily during the summer months. Parking is free and there is plenty to see by walking around the Site. Stroll through the gardens, visit the Museum, view our Vintage Clothing Exhibit,  watch the Blacksmith in action. Perhaps take in a tour or a program. Be sure to stop by the Museum Store in the Baldwin Museum to purchase books and items related to Tahoe and its rich history.

Tahoe Heritage Foundation partners with the United States Forest Service to present these programs and events, and many more. For more information about this partnership and all of its programs and events, please explore this year’s Lake of the Sky Journal.


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Baldwin Museum
at the Tallac Site

The Place to Start:  Come explore our free museum and learn about the area’s history! A short introductory video acquaints visitors with the history of life at Tahoe, and exhibits include a 1920s kitchen, information about the infamous Lucky Baldwin and his family, and a room about the Washoe people. The Museum Store sells merchandise interpretive of the period and tickets to regular programs and events.

Open May 27 – September 17, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm daily

FREE!


Pope House Tour

This docent-guided tour gives a glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of wealthy society people who summered at Lake Tahoe, as well as the architecture and restoration of this late-19th Century home. The tour takes approximately an hour and is filled with stories of early times.

May 27 – June 13, August 23 – Sept 17
Daily 11:00am and 2:30pm

June 14 – August 22
Daily 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

$10 Adult
$5 Child 6-12 yrs
Free 5 yrs and younger

* Tickets are available in advance in person at the Baldwin Museum or by phone at 530-541-5227


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Site Walk

This guided tour allows guests to meander through time, learning about the early development of the estate buildings and gardens as well as the reintroduced historic Washoe garden.  Imagine yourself spending your days and nights at Tahoe in splendor.

Several buildings are open for viewing along with beautiful gardens and displays of vintage clothing and vehicles. Interpretive signs throughout the Site allow for self-guided tours anytime.

Fridays June 16 – August 18
1:00pm

$5 per person

* Tickets are available in advance in person at the Baldwin Museum or by phone at 530-541-5227


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Servants Tour

This interactive tour allows visitors to see more deeply into the lives of the folks that made this luxurious summer home function: maids, butlers, nannies, tutors, cooks, gardeners, the blacksmith, the seamstress and others who followed their employers to Lake Tahoe each summer. It is an excellent opportunity to see the way those who were expected to be neither seen nor heard lived behind the scenes!

Thursdays June 15 – August 17
1:00pm

$5 per person

* Tickets are available in advance in person at the Baldwin Museum or by phone at 530-541-5227


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Washoe Ways

Prior to the arrival of Euro-Americans in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the Washoe People spent their summers on the shores of Lake Tahoe. This fascinating interactive program for visitors of all ages allows guests to experience what summer life was like for Washoe families!

Tuesdays June 20 – August 29
1:00pm

Free!

* Tickets are available to reserve in advance in person at the Baldwin Museum or by phone at 530-541-5227


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Kitchen Kids

This interactive program gives children ages 6-12 the chance to learn about baking and the busy atmosphere of our early 20th Century kitchen. They bake 1920s recipes from scratch, and, when finished, get to feast on their accomplishment!

Wednesdays and Fridays
June 16 – August 18
1:00pm

$10 per child, ages 6-12 only

 

* Tickets are available in advance in person at the Baldwin Museum or by phone at 530-541-5227


Afternoon with Anita

Meet Anita Baldwin, an influential figure in the history of the Tallac Historic Site, for some light refreshments while she tells you stories of the Tallac Casino and Resort.  She recounts her adventures as the daughter of the infamous Lucky Baldwin who became a force of her own.

June 21, July 12, and August 30
1:00pm

$10 per person

 

* Tickets are available in advance in person at the Baldwin Museum or by phone at 530-541-5227


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Tea with Mrs. Tevis

Join Mrs. Tevis, the second owner of the Pope Estate, on the front porch to hear about her life, her family, and the estate while enjoying light refreshments; then, explore her Arboretum and learn about how it came to be.  This is an outdoor program; quiet pets are welcome.

June 28, July 5, and August 2
1:00pm

$10 per person

 

* Tickets are available in advance in person at the Baldwin Museum or by phone at 530-541-5227


Vintage Vatican

Imagine yourself as a guest at an afternoon gathering with Mrs. Pope. Step back in time as you take on the persona of a well-known figure of the 1920s and hear about all the opportunities Lake Tahoe has to offer you as a guest. Sit on the porch of this magnificent house and enjoy the view, sip refreshments, and sample period appetizers.

June 24, July 8, and July 29
4:00pm

$15 per person

 

* Tickets are available in advance in person at the Baldwin Museum or by phone at 530-541-5227

 


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Tea and Scones

Through a hands-on experience, discover the lifestyles of both classes of the estate: the staff, and the family and guests. Bake scones from scratch in our early 20th Century kitchen to learn about the busy environment in which the staff worked. Then, transition to the wealthy class and indulge on your tasty accomplishments while sipping tea and enjoying the glorious view of Lake Tahoe from the porch of the Pope House.

July 1, August 5, Sept 9, and Sept 16
1:00pm

$15 per person
12 yrs and up


 

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Community Day

Join us for our FREE family-friendly Community Days! Come explore what life would have been like for a child visiting Lake Tahoe in the 1920s. Play historic games, participate in a costume contest, complete an educational scavenger hunt for prizes, and more!

June 17 and July 15
10:00am – 3:00pm

FREE!
All ages welcome

 


Blacksmith Shop

Experienced blacksmiths operate the blacksmith shop many days during the summer.  They make forged items, fire pokers, marshmallow forks, soup ladles, and much more, which are sold in the Baldwin Museum.

Times

Open most days in the summer 10am – 4pm. Check for additional times at Baldwin Museum


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To be announced soon

 

 

 

 


Mobile Device Site Tour

Stroll through the entire Tallac Historic Site using your smartphone or other mobile device to learn about the site’s history, buildings, and people.

Click here to start.

Available May 27 through September 17, 2017

Free!


Group Tours

Interested in bringing a group to the site? You can schedule a group tour by emailing Ellie at programcoordinator@tahoeheritage.org or by calling the Tahoe Heritage Foundation office at (530) 544-7383.

Group Tour options:

  • Site Walk: This tour leads guests on a trip through time, learning about the history of the Tallac Resort and all three historic estates.
    Cost: $50 fee for up to ten guests, plus $5 per additional guest beyond 10.
  • Pope House Tour: Explore the Pope House and learn about the luxurious lifestyle of the wealthy families who came to Lake Tahoe in the 1920s. Discover the beauty of the house’s architecture and learn about its restoration. Groups of 12 or fewer can be scheduled at 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, or 2:30pm. Groups of 12-24 can be scheduled at 11:00am or 2:30pm. For groups of fewer than 12, we cannot guarantee a private tour.
    Cost: $10 per guest
  • Children’s Tour: Come learn what life would have been like for a child visiting the Pope Estate in the 1920s. Discover where they spent their time and what they might have done for fun – you may even get to play some games!
    Cost: $50 fee for up to ten guests, plus $5 per additional guest beyond 10.
  • Depending on availability of personnel and number of guests, we may be able to tailor a tour to the interest of your group. If you have a specific area of interest you would like to learn about, please let us know and we will see if we can accommodate it.

Group tours must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the requested tour date.


 All fees are used by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation to further Tallac Site programs and restorations. Thank you!

Valhalla is operated by Valhalla Tahoe, for more information contact them at  www.valhallatahoe.com.


The Gatsby Festival

Gatsby festival

The Gatsby Festival is a two-day event at the Tallac Historic Site held each year the second weekend in August. Throughout the weekend a variety of activities take place on the Pope and Baldwin Estates.  Read more about “All About Gatsby”.

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The Tallac Historic Site was recently featured as one of the

Top 20 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe by the Blog for Lifestyle and Travel!

 

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