Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

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Tao House
Tao House in spring
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site is located in California
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
Location Kuss Road, Danville, California
Coordinates 37°49′28″N 122°1′47″W / 37.82444°N 122.02972°W / 37.82444; -122.02972Coordinates: 37°49′28″N 122°1′47″W / 37.82444°N 122.02972°W / 37.82444; -122.02972
Area 158.6 acres (64.2 ha)
Built 1937
Architect Frederick Confer
Architectural style Monterey Colonial
Visitation 3,652 (2005)
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference # 71000137[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 6, 1971[1]
Designated NHL July 17, 1971[2]
Designated NHS October 12, 1976

The Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, located in Danville, California, preserves Tao House, the Monterey Colonial hillside home of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill.


O'Neill and his wife lived in the home from 1937 to 1944.[3] At this home, O'Neill wrote his final and most memorable plays: The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.

The house was saved from demolition in the early 1970s by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation through several fundraising efforts, including benefit performances of Eugene O’Neill’s play Hughie featuring Jason Robards. Through their efforts, Tao House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971,[2] a National Historic Site in 1976, and passed into the management of the National Park Service in 1980.


The Foundation maintains an archive of Eugene O'Neill-related material at Tao House (including photographs, playbills, manuscripts, posters, and O'Neill's original phonograph record collection) and sponsors events such as productions of O'Neill plays, staged in the adjacent barn.

Visiting the house[edit]

The National Park Service does not publish the address of the property, but it is widely known that it is located near Kuss Road in Danville.[4] A locked gate prevents unauthorized vehicles from reaching the site. The Site occupies 13 acres (5.3 ha) accessible via car only by private road, so advance reservations are required to visit. Private vehicles are not allowed. Transportation to the site is provided by a twice-daily free shuttle from Danville, Wednesdays to Sundays. Reservations are required.[5]

Trails from Las Trampas Regional Wilderness also lead to the site. Reservations are also recommended for those arriving for a tour via horseback or on foot.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Tao House". National Historic Landmarks Quioklinks. National Park Service. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Camble, Robert S. (March 23, 1973). "Eugene O'Neill House" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places - Inventory Nomination Form. National Park Service. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Eugene O'Neill House" (PDF). Photographs. National Park Service. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Reservation page for Tao House

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