Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

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Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park information

Weaverville , USA
630 Main St
+1 530 623 5284
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tour adult/child $4/2
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tours hourly 10am-4pm Thu-Sun
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The walls here actually talk – they’re papered inside with 150-year-old donation ledgers from the once-thriving Chinese community, the immigrants who built Northern California’s infrastructure, a rich culture that has all but disappeared. It’s a surprise that the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California (and an exceptionally beautiful one at that), dating from 1874, is in Weaverville.

The blue-and-gold Taoist shrine contains an ornate altar , more than 3000 years old, which was brought here from China. The adjoining schoolhouse was the first to teach Chinese students in California. It's rare to see a Chinese temple with all of the ancient features so well preserved.