Of all the places Eugene O'Neill called home during his restless life, Tao (pronounced "Dow") House was the one that held him longest, the refuge where he wrote his last plays. In early 1937, he and Carlotta were living in a San Francisco Hotel. "No roots. No home," Carlotta wrote as they searched for a place to live. Drawn to the privacy and climate of the San Ramon Valley, they purchased a 158-acre ranch near Danville and planned what O'Neill hoped would be his final home.
Eugene O’Neill, America’s only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, lived in this extraordinary home during the creation of his most influential works, including “The Iceman Cometh,” “Long Day’s Journey into Night” and “A Moon for the Misbegotten.” Beyond the historic house itself, the grounds offer a number of walking paths, a variety of orchards, and a 19th-century barn and performance venue.