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Stroll or picnic lakeside, then explore Pope House, the magnificently restored 1894 mansion of George S. Pope, who made his money in shipping and lumber and played host to the business and cultural elite of 1920s America. There are two other estates here. One belonged to entrepreneur "Lucky" Baldwin; today it houses the Baldwin Museum, a collection of family memorabilia and Washoe Indian artifacts. The Valhalla (www.valhallatahoe.com), with a spectacular floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, belonged to Walter Heller. Its Grand Hall and a lakeside boathouse, refurbished as a theater, host summertime concerts, plays, and cultural activities. Docents conduct tours of the Pope House in summer; call for tour times. In winter you can cross-country ski around the site.

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  • Address: Hwy. 89, CA 96150 | Map It
  • Phone: 530/541–5227 late May–Oct.; 530/543–2600 year-round
  • Cost: Free, Pope House tour $5
  • Hours: Grounds daily sunrise–sunset. Pope House and Baldwin Museum late May–late Sept., Thurs.–Tues. 10–4; call for Oct. hrs
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  • Location: Pope-Baldwin Recreation Area
Updated: 05-22-2013

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    Nice stop around the lake

    These houses are neat and it is free to go through them (all but the Pope Estate). Interesting to see how people lived in the 20s in this area. Beautiful log home with a museum and gift shop. A small area dedicated to the Washoe Indians. Other buildings include some guest cabins, a working blacksmith building where you can purchase napkin rings and other things made there. Very neat garden with gazebo. Also a boat house. Worth the time to walk through.

    by beckasdream, 9/2/07

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