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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site at Danville

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

Kuss Road, Danville, California, 94526
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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

Take the shuttle to hills above Danville to the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site. The landmark preserves the Tao House, the hillside home where Eugene O'Neill, America's only Nobel Prize winning playwright, lived and created his most acclaimed plays. Tour the Tao House to see photographs, playbills, manuscripts, posters, and the playwright's record collection. Enjoy presentations of O'Neill's plays at the Playwrights' Theatre in the Old Barn or explore the magnificent ranch with Chinese-style gardens. The Tao House offers stunning views of the valley's idyllic beauty and Mt. Diablo.

Details

Hours -

Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am & 2 pm

Price -

Free

Events

  • Eugene O'Neill Festival
  • Artist Days
  • Student Days
  • Playwright Theater Plays
  • O'Neil Studio Retreat

Activities

  • Ranger Led Tours
  • Educational Programs
  • Seeing Artifacts
  • Plays
  • Hiking

Elliot’s Bar

Grab a drink at Elliot’s Bar, a historic dive in downtown Danville where Eugene O’Neill is said to have spent many nights hanging out and enjoying cocktails and conversation with the locals. Enjoy the historic charm of Elliott’s - an iconic Danville hangout for over 100 years - and feel the creative energy of America’s most distinguished playwright of the 20th century.

Eugene O’Neil Festival

Danville’s Eugene O’Neill Festival is a weekend celebration in September that honors an American literary legend. The festival features live theatre performances, tours, exhibits, and lectures in Downtown Danville and at the historic Tao House. Celebrate O’Neill’s life, legacy and works and learn about the father of modern American drama!

FAQs

  • How do I get to the Tao House?

    Encompassing 13 acres, the historic site is accessible only by private road. You can visit the site via a free shuttle bus from downtown Danville, which runs at 10 am and 2 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, with advanced reservations. You can also access the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site by walking, hiking and horseback riding on the trails from the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Unauthorized vehicles are not permitted through the locked gates.
  • What are some points of interest?

    The Tao House highlights and preserves Eugene O’Neill’s life and legacy through unique photos, artifacts and writings. Blend of blend of Spanish-California Mission architecture and Chinese design elements, the house features beautiful Asian art and decor, unique furnishings like the “opium” couch. See performances of O’Neill’s plays at the Playwrights’ Theatre in the Old Barn, or explore the magnificent estate with beautiful Chinese-style gardens, zigzagging walkways, and gravesite of the O'Neill's beloved Dalmation, Blemie. Set on a hillside, the Tao House offers breathtaking views of the San Ramon Valley and Mt. Diablo that inspired O’Neill’s literary magic.

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