This past weekend, I took my in-laws to Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe (it’s located 3 miles North of the Y on highway 89). Yes, the physical adventure was toned down for Adventure Girl, but it was still a very enjoyable and educational excursion.
Tallac Historic Site is where California’s early rich and famous built their elaborate summer estates in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. There are three estates on this property, including the Pople, Baldwin and Valhalla estates.
It was a cool, but sunny day, and the Lake looked amazing in all of her blue glory. Here are a few shots I took of Lake Tahoe.
We did a 1.5 hour tour of the Pope estate, which was led by a very knowledgable volunteer. Here are some pictures of the Pope estate, which was the summer home for the Pope family in the early 1900s. By the way, summer homes back then were only used in July and August.
This is the Breezeway, which connects the kitchen with the main house. Back in the early 1900s, big houses had the kitchens separate from the main house so that a kitchen fire wouldn’t take out the entire house.
Inside the Pope estate, this is Mrs. Pope’s bedroom. The staff at Tallac Historic Site has gone through great pains to make sure the house was restored to its original and authentic glory. This room is a great example of their work.
This bench was right outside of the Pope estate. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be sitting on that bench right now instead of in front of a computer!