At this site, you can stroll or picnic lakeside, and then explore three historic estates. The Pope House is 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. The Baldwin Museum is in the estate that once belonged to entrepreneur "Lucky" Baldwin; today it houses a collection of family memorabilia and Washoe Indian artifacts. The Valhalla
(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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Sep 2, 2007
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.