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Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, Weaverville

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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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  • The state park tour guide did an excellent job of explaining everything we were seeing as we walked to and through this small Taoist Temple, as well as the history that brought the Chinese people to t...  more »
  • Due to confusion over this place’s website (use the California state parks website!) we arrived on the wrong weekday. We could have easily visited the prior day but did not have their full opening hou...  more »
  • Our family of four was visiting Weaverville on our way back to Redding. We did not intend to go inside this state park until we discovered the museum and Temple are air conditioned. Our kids were watc...  more »