National Historic Site
1976: National Historic Site
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteSince 1980, the National Park Service has been restoring Tao House, along with its courtyard and orchards. This site, near San Francisco in Danville, was where Eugene O'Neill lived from 1937 to 1944 and wrote his final and most sucessful plays, including The Iceman Cometh, and Long Days Journey Into Night.
What You're Going to SeeReservations are required for tours. I get the impression this is still a work in progress. Eugene O'Neill is the only American playwright to win the Nobel Prize.
Personal ObservationsNothing yet. But I have plans to see San Francisco over Christmas, so hopefully I'll have information in a month or two! (Update after Christmas -- with a wheezing, sickly family, we bailed on Eugene, and hopefully will see it another time)
Getting ThereFrom Oakland, go east on Highway 24 to Walnut Creek. Take Highway 680 south toward Danville, and take exit 42 or 40 off. The Site is a couple of miles west of the freeway.
Nearby AttractionsWithin 40 miles of Eugene O'Neill NHS you will find: Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, John Muir National Historic Site, Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Park, Fort Point National Historic Site, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Point Reyes National Seashore. Let's not forget California Coastal National Monument either.