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Watson Cabin Hours

Open Spring & Summer months.
The Watson Cabin is listed on the National Register for Historic Places as the oldest log structure remaining in the North Lake Tahoe area. The cabin was built in 1908 by Robert Montgomery Watson, Tahoe City's first constables and his youngest son, Robert Howard Watson. 


In 1979, the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society (NLTHS) and the Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) purchased Watson Cabin in the center of Tahoe City. The building remained a retail store for a number of years, but in 1988 the NLTHS signed an eighty-year lease with the TCPUD. In 1990, the NLTHS opened Watson Cabin as a living history museum, which is open to the public free of charge during the summer season.
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Revitalize Watson Cabin 2024 Capital Campaign


During the summer of 2023, NLTHS offered a modified visitor experience at the Watson cabin in lieu of a bigger plan to restore the cabin back to its original glory. Our plans include refinishing the original floors, repairing structural needs, restoring the original bathroom, refinishing logs, repairing broken windows and more. Our goal is to have the cabin open 7 days a week in the summer months for visitors to enjoy. Our plans include offering a small scale museum gift shop and Tahoe history exhibits. Help us ensure the longevity of the cabin by donating to our campaign. 

To donate, simply click on any Donate button on our website
OR send a donation in the mail to:


P.O. Box 6141

Tahoe City, CA 96145

Thank you for your support!

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