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Historic Hellman-Ehrman Mansion Tour

Travel back to the late 1800s to learn about one of the wealthiest Californians who built this beautiful estate

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.1 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
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Overview :  This guide will take you on a tour of the Historic Ehrman Mansion built by Isaias Hellman. The audio portions will explain the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Barn and Coach House

Welcome to Sugar Pine Point State Park. You are going to be walking around on the estate of the Hellman/ Ehrman mansion that was originally built by Isaias Hellman in 1902. As we approach the mansion from the parking lot we are going to be passing a lot of out buildings on the estate. The first one you are going to pass is the barn and... More

2. Water Tower

The next building you're going to be passing on your left hand side was the original powerhouse and water tower. When the Hellman estate was built in 1902, it was in the middle of nowhere and had to generate its own electricity and have its own water system. The lower part of this building housed a wood fired steam generator. From 7 in the... More

3. Nanny Cabin

As you are continuing your walk toward the mansion you're going to be passing a tennis court on your right hand side adjacent to a residence. This house is known as the Childrens' House. It was added to the estate in 1930. By then the family had grown and they were running out of bedrooms in the main house so they decided to house the children ... More

4. Caretaker Cabin

5. Butler Cabin

6. Isaias Hellman and the Ehrman Mansion

Standing in front of the main mansion you can understand the beautiful architecture of this building that the family called the Pine Lodge. Isaias Hellman immigrated from Germany in 1842 as a 16 year old boy who didn't speak any english. He had a job in his cousin's dry goods store, and it turned out that he had a great knack for business and in... More

7. Pier and Lake Tahoe

From the end of the pier you have an absolutely stunning view of Lake Tahoe. If you turn around and look back toward the land you can see some of the other buildings on the estate. Facing the land on the far right is the North Boathouse, the Fips Cabin, and the caretaker's house. The caretaker lived on the estate year-round to look after things... More