Pope-Baldwin Historic Estates

The historically registered Pope-Baldwin Estates at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe are a must see for locals and visitors to the area. The summer estates are open daily during the summer month’s, the public is free to wander throughout the estates; stroll through the gardens, visit the Museum, view our Vintage Clothing Exhibit,  view inside outbuildings used to house servants and guests, watch the Blacksmith in action. The Baldwin Museum Gift Shop is filled with cheerful Lake Tahoe seasonal and period-inspired merchandise, clothing, unique gifts and books. Our friendly staff and volunteers in the Gift Shop are happy to help you with your purchases and while you are shopping, be sure to visit with our Museum Docents. These specially-trained volunteers can help you with questions about the historic estates, programs, tours, demonstrations, upcoming special events and area information.

Tahoe Heritage Foundation, non-profit partners with the USFS, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit to offer programs, tours, and special events. For more information please see calendar of events below and explore this year’s Lake of the Sky Journal available at the Tallac Historic Site and many other locations throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.



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, tours and events.

May 26 – September 16 2018
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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 26 – Sept 16
Daily:  11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
$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


Pope-Baldwin Estates

Garden Tour – Meander through the estate gardens, 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. Enjoy light refreshments during your tour that starts at the arboritum.

June – Sept 16 2018
Specialty Tour
Members Free
Dates / Times TBA

Arboretum – You bring a picnic lunch and we’ll provide the setting! Enjoy a private Arboretum 1920s theme complete with water and china table setting. Available daily June – Mid September

Reservations are required (2) days in advance (Not available during the Gatsby Festival)
Call 530-541-5227 or email info@tahoeheritage.org



Experienced blacksmiths operate the blacksmith shop throughout the summer.  They make forged items, fire pokers, marshmallow forks, soup ladles, and much more, which are sold at the Blacksmith Shop and in the Baldwin Museum Gift Shop.

Open Wed – Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
June – September 15  Demonstrations and Shop

Volunteer Blacksmiths
May 26 – Jul 17    David Kay, Texas
Jul 18 – Aug 20   Buster Edwards, 
Aug 22 – Sep 15   Tolley Marney, California  http://www.tolleymarney.com


Pope Estate
Tallac Historic Site



June- Mid September

Location: Pope Estate – Artist Cabin. Park at Tallac Historic Site. Limited accessibility parking available 1 Heritage Way.

Artist Cabin Hours:  Open Wednesday – Saturday    10am – 12pm  |  1pm – 4pm

Art Demonstrations
July 18 – August 20  Pottery, Artist Nolan Barney
August 22 – September   Painting, Artist Christina Acosta

Open Studio Drop-In Kids Art Projects (ages 4-12)
11am | 1pm |  2pm
Wednesdays & Saturdays, Heritage Days  (June-August)
Connect through the arts as part of your visitor experience,  nature and history-themed crafts and activities at the Tallac Artist Cabin Open Studio! we invite you to stop by (no registration needed). We offer fun, self-guided creative activities for Tallac-lovers of all ages, young children and families.

Pine Cone Owls, Birdhouses, Wood Puzzles, Hats, Clay, Nature Journals and more!
Tallac volunteers (the “Pope Family’s Nanny”) guide drop-in art projects throughout the day Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Come experience the connection between history, nature and art at the historic site’s Artist Cabin. Most activities will take 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.  No registration needed. Limited seating – we suggest arriving 10 minutes prior.
Some supplies and materials are available, some we scavenger hunt for!

Parent and/or guardian supervision is required for participants under age 18.
Questions? Email info@tahoeheritage.org  or call 530-541-5227

Open studio is FREE of charge  

Artist Cabin Volunteers and Artists work hand in hand to provide crucial support to our visitor programs, donations are appreciated.



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.
HINT!  Download prior to arriving at the site due as reception varies day to day.

Available May 26 through September 16, 2018



Interested in bringing a group to the site? You can schedule a group tour by emailing  info@tahoeheritage.org or by calling the Tahoe Heritage Foundation Group Tour Coordinator at our office (530) 544-7383 year-round or (530)-541-5227 Baldwin Museum May – September.

Group Tour options:

  • Estates Walk: This tour leads guests on a trip through time, learning about the history of the Tallac Resort and all three historic estates.
    Cost: $10 per person, children under 12 Free
  • 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 / 2:00pm directly through our Baldwin Museum Gift Shop. Groups of 12-24 (+) can be scheduled through out Group Tour Coordinator at 530-541-5227 May – September / 530-544-7383 October – April *Groups of fewer than 12, we cannot guarantee a private tour.
    Cost: $10 per guest
  • Estate Walk/Pope House Combined Tour is available depending on availability of personnel and number of guests. Want a tailor-made tour or a specific  a specific area of interest you would like to learn about, please let us know!

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 the historic Pope and Baldwin Estates programs and restorations. Thank you!




Tea with Mrs. Tevis @ Tallac Historic Site
Aug 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tea with Mrs. Tevis @ Tallac Historic Site
2:00 pm
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[...]
Kitchen Kids @ Tallac Historic Site
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Kitchen Kids @ Tallac Historic Site
1:00 pm
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 1920’s recipes from scratch and when finished, enjoy their accomplishment or[...]
Estates Walk @ Tallac Historic Site
Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Estates Walk @ Tallac Historic Site
2:00 pm
This docent-guided walk  allows visitors to see more deeply into the lives of the elite San Francisco families that made these luxurious homes their summer retreat. Discover how the families used the Estates and connected[...]
Heritage Days @ Tallac Historic Site
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Heritage Days @ Tallac Historic Site
10:00 am
Join us for our FREE family-friendly Heritage Days! Explore what life would have been like visiting Lake Tahoe in the 1920s at our summer estates. Take a self-guided tour, play historic games like croquet, sack races,[...]


The Tallac Historic Site has been featured as one of the

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