The Eugene O’Neill Historic Site in west Danville has become one of the casualties of the federal government’s partial shutdown, with the one-time home of the famous playwright closing down and seeing its caretakers from the National Park Service placed on furlough.
Unlike some other national parks, such as Point Reyes National Seashore and Yellowstone National Park, the Eugene O’Neill Historic Site will be inaccessible to visitors during the shutdown and its facilities will remain closed until regular federal government operations continue.
“The National Park Service rangers are wonderful colleagues, and our hearts go out to them during this difficult period," Dan McGovern, president of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, said on Friday. "We hope that the shutdown ends soon, so that visitors can return to this historic site, the home of America's only playwright to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.”
Park staff have been unavailable for comment due to the shutdown, which started Dec. 22.
Normally the Eugene O’Neill Historic Site and Tao House welcome visitors Wednesdays through Sundays. It is accessed by a shuttle that leaves from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley in downtown Danville three times a day.