Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, Weaverville

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park is a state park located in the center of the town of Weaverville, California. The site is a Taoist temple which is still in use, and is the oldest Chinese temple in California.HistoryThe current building, called The Temple among the Trees Beneath the Clouds, was built in 1874 to replace earlier structures which had been destroyed by fires. In 1934, much of the material in the building was taken during a robbery. The state decided that, in order to protect the historic nature of the material, a local resident, Moon Lim Lee, would be named trustee for the site. In 1956, the site officially became a state historic site.In 1989, a box was left at the visitor's center. It contained one of the Chinese Guardian Lions which had been stolen in the 1934 theft. The state of California commissioned a new pair of dogs to place on display in the temple. The new dogs were created by traditional craftsmen in China.Much of the material on display inside the temple includes temple equipment, objects of Chinese art, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. The temple's patron saints are Xuan Wu and Guan Yu.Current templeEach year, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, a lion dance is performed. The dance is also performed on every Fourth of July weekend.
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  • Unfortunately, I passed through Weaverville on the wrong day and the Joss House was closed. The grounds are open and I did wander around and peek in windows here and there. The outside is interesting ...  more »
  • Jack Frost is a wonderful tour guide! He is so knowledgeable and has a passion for preserving this heritage. If it wasn't for him and his efforts, Weaverville would not have a Joss House.  more »
  • Even folks who are only passing through Weaverville on their way somewhere else should make a point to stop for a visit to the Joss House. This is not the only old Taoist temple in Northern California...  more »
  • The Joss House is a must see if you are going to go through Weaverville. It's unique and different and pretty dang cool! You won't regret it.
  • When I first came here in 75' it was run down but still held my fascination. I stop in from time to time when I'm driving to Hyampom to visit family. A cool little sidebar after lunch.
  • Its breathtaking.
  • Amazing and worth the trip
  • Great historical place

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