America's Greatest Playwright
Read about O'Neill's life, trials, tribulations, and development into one of America's greatest playwrights.
History and Culture
Learn more about the life of Eugene O'Neill at the Tao House in Danville, California.
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site must be accessed through a private, gated road owned by a community of neighboring residents. Self-guided tours of Tao House are offered Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at either 10:00AM or 2:00PM by advance reservation only. On Saturdays, no reservations are necessary. Saturday tours depart at 10AM and 2PM. Tours are free and include transportation to/from the park. Please allow 2 hours for your visit. We suggest you contact us at least two weeks in advance to schedule your tour.
Park Days and Hours:
Monday: Park Closed
How to Reserve Your Tour:
Email is our preferred method for reservations. Please send us an email with:
Reservation Line: (925) 228-8860 x6422
In addition to Tao House, there are a number of other features on the site that are preserved from Eugene O'Neill's time. Directly adjacent to the home is the courtyard area, with planted gardens and historic pathways. Outside the courtyard, there are historic walking paths, one of which leads to the swimming pool that O'Neill used for his afternoon swims. Historic black walnut and almond orchards are on site also. Across from the house is the 19th century barn, which is the only structure remaining that predates the O'Neill era. This barn has been rehabilitated now and serves as a performance venue where, in collaboration with the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, plays are presented at different times of the year. Information about performances can be found on their website at www.eugeneoneill.org. At the far end of the site is a grave marker for Blemie, the O'Neill family's beloved Dalmatian, for whom he wrote a very touching last will and testament.
Aside from the various structures and features of the site, the location above the San Ramon valley provides a glimpse into the sense of seclusion and serenity that Eugene O'Neill was looking for.
Last updated: December 31, 2021