Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, the only Nobel Prize winning playwright from the United States and the architect of modern American theater, lived at Tao House in the hills above Danville from 1937 to 1944. It was at this site that he wrote his final and most successful plays; "The Iceman Cometh," "Long Day's Journey Into Night," and "A Moon For the Misbegotten." Since 1980, the National Park Service has been restoring Tao House, the courtyard and orchards and telling the story of O'Neill, his work and his influence on American theater.
To visit the park, advance reservations are REQUIRED which includes a free guided tour of Tao House. Transportation to the park is provided by a free shuttle. Private vehicles do not have access to the park due to its location. Tour pick-up times are Wednesday-Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. all year.
To make a reservation, call (925) 838-0249.
From San Francisco, take Interstate 80 (Bay Bridge) to Hwy 24...from Berkeley, take Interstate 80 west to 580 south to Hwy 24...from Oakland, take Interstate 580 north to Hwy 24. From Hwy 24 in Walnut Creek, take Interstate 680 south to Danville. From San Jose take Interstate 680 north to Danville. From Sacramento take Interstate 80 west to Fairfield, take Interstate 680 south to Danville.
The National Park Service provides a shuttle van for transportation to the site. The van must be taken to see the historic site. Access via private vehicle is not available.