Lake Tahoe History & Museums: Tallac Historic Site at Lake Tahoe California

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Tallac Historic Site

Tallac Historic Site, comprised of magnificent "summer homes" that epitomize Tahoe architecture in its earliest years, provides opportunities for you to enjoy the good life, too!

  • Tallac Historic Site offers a schedule of events ranging from local musical acts and theater performances to the annual Great Gatsby Festival and Renaissance Faire.
  • Whether an event is planned or not, the site offers historical exhibits which provide a trip back in time to Lake Tahoe's earliest days as summer destination for wealthy tycoons.
  • For information about tours of the site, call (530) 541-5227.
  • For information about scheduled events, call (530) 541-4975.


Tallac Historic Site's 74-acre tract of land (with a quarter mile of sandy beachfront) contains 3 historic properties once owned by the Baldwin, Pope and Heller families. The property, stewarded by a partnership between U.S. Forest Service and Tahoe Tallac Association, was once the site of Tallac Resort, a destination quite popular among wealthy San Franciscans after the completion of the transcontinental railroad and during the roaring 1920s. Its no surprise that an annual Great Gatsby Festival is celebrated on this beautiful property.

The historic site, once the home of 2 major hotels, a casino and numerous out-buildings, is now comprised of Valhalla Grand Hall (ca. 1924); Valhalla Boathouse Theater; Baldwin House/Tallac Museum, which hosts the Native American Washoe Indian Tribe collection and relics of the Baldwin family's tenure; and the Pope Estate, home of an interpretive center that offers tours. Call (530) 541-5227 for information to plan your visit. 

Valhalla Grand Hall, notable for its high ceilings with open beams, a grand 20 foot stone fireplace, and a wrap-around lodgepole pine porch, functions as a public venue available to rent for receptions, gala dinners and other large events and often houses fine art exhibits by regional artists. Valhalla Boathouse Theater is dedicated to providing a place for local perfoming artists and groups to entertain the public. A lavish and whimsical Renaissance Faire ensues on weekends in June.


The historic site is located 2 miles north of the intersection of Highways 50 and 89, about 3 miles north of the town of South Lake Tahoe, on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe, just north of Camp Richardson Resort.

The grounds offers limited on-site parking with parking allowed on Highway 89 near the "Valhalla" entrance sign.


The summer season boasts the bulk of events and activities hosted on-site by Tahoe Tallac Association's Cultural Arts Program and Valhalla Summer Arts Music Festival. Events, such as activity camps, theater performances and live music, are scheduled from late June through September and offer fun for all ages. Visit  or call (530) 541-4975 for a current schedule of events and to purchase tickets.


Prices for admittance to events and performances vary.