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Experience Twain Harte

A visit to Twain Harte is a chance to experience life in a very different environment than in the city. It's a town with a difference--Sixty foot tall pine trees and a beautiful mountain lake.

We're at the entrance to the forest. It's the last town with lots of restaurants, shopping, and services.

Twain Harte is close to both the high country forest and the historic Gold Country towns in the foothills. The towns below in green are in the forest, while those in gold are in the foothills.

In Twain Harte, there are gift shops, antique stores, and variety stores: The Harte Collection, All that Matters, Nature's Nook, the Antique Hunter, and the Twain Harte Pharmacy.

Play golf at the Twain Harte Golf Club or tennis at the public courts. In summer, there is miniature golf and a public swimming pool. (The public pool will be closed in 2014 for renovations, however.)

A variety of restaurants can be found downtown and nearby. There is breakfast at the Sportsman Cafe, the Little Cottage Cafe, Caffe Blossom, and, Wed-Sun, The Eproson House. You can pick up hot coffee and pastry at the Twain Harte Market.

For lunch and dinner, there is traditional food, Mexican, Italian, and Chinese all downtown. For pizza, there is Neopolitan pizza and wine at The Prospector in downtown, and traditional pizza at the Pizza Factory in the Village Center.

What's New: The Twain Harte Chamber has a new web site. Also see their Facebook page.

You can stay overnight in Twain Harte at one of the motels, lodges, bed-and-breakfasts or rental cabins and spend time in the town and also visit recreational opportunities higher up the mountain. Pinecrest Lake, fifteen miles east of Twain Harte, (shown in the slide show) offers boating, kayaking and bicycling (rentals available), bank and boat fishing, a beach, and hiking.

There is also sightseeing with a beautiful drive up into the higher country along the Stanislaus River (shown in slide show).

See our new site for Groveland CA.

Video Tour of Twain Harte
Narrated by "Mark Twain" from the McCaffrey House

Mark Twain and Bret Harte

Twain Harte was named for Mark Twain and Bret Harte, the two most famous American writers of the last half of the nineteenth century. Both wrote stories and tall tales based on their experiences living in the area, then known as the "Tuolumne Hills". Click to read about Mark Twain and read his stories and read about Bret Harte and read his stories.


History of Twain Harte

For centuries before whites appeared in California the MiWok Indians lived, in season, next to what is now Twain Harte Lake. They built houses known as "U'macha's", conical structures made from cedar bark. A U'macha' is shown in the slide show above.

During the Gold Rush Twain Harte was the site of flume-and-ditch building to supply water needed to wash the dirt and gravel to yield gold. This system still exists and supplies the county from Lyons Reservoir. (Lyons Dam is shown in the slide show.)

At the turn into the twentieth century the Sugar Pine Railway was built through Twain Harte. This railway carried logs from the high country to the sawmill in Standard.

In the 1920s and 30s the Twain Harte area was developed as a resort and as what is believed to be the first private housing subdivision in the Sierra. It was named Twain Harte Lodge in the 1920s after the famous authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte, who had lived in the general area. The first version of the well-known Twain Harte "Arch" was built in 1933. The golf course was built in the 1930s. Over the years Twain Harte has developed into a community with several thousand permanent residents.





Events in Twain Harte
May 30, 2015
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Twain Harte ala Carte. 
The event will be held at the Meadow Plaza in Twain Hart from 5-7pm.
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June 6, 2015
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Diamond Jim's Golf Tournament. 
Event takes place on Twain Harte Golf Course. Contact Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce for more information.
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June 6, 2015
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Twain Harte Royal Flush Crapper Race. 
Sponsored by Twain Harte Rotary. Contact Twain Harte Rotary or Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce for more information.
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June 13, 2015
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Twain Harte's Town–wide Community Yard Sale. 
Event starts at 8:00 am.
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June 17, 2015
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Tuolumne County Visitor's Bureau Presents: P.I.T. Stop at Twain Harte Mini Golf. 
Be a tourist in your own back yard! TCVB is excited to give you an opportunity to visit Twain Harte Mini Golf and learn...
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July 4, 2015
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4th of July Celebration in Twain Harte. 
Water events start at 9am with a parade at noon.
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July 18, 2015
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Twain Harte Annual Chamber Golf Tournament. 
Golf Tournament at Twain Hart Golf Course. Contact Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce for more information.
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July 25, 2015–July 26, 2015
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Wines In The Pines. 
Held in conjunction with the Summer Arts and Wine festival and sponsored by the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce....
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July 25, 2015–July 26, 2015
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Twain Harte Arts and Wine Festival. 
37th Annual Arts and Wine Festival in downtown Twain Harte 10 am to 5 pm Saturday & Sunday. We close the streets, so...
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August 8, 2015
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Custom Classic Car Show in Twain Harte. 
Custom Classic Car Show - Eproson Park. 10am-5pm.
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August 15, 2015
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Deep Pit Rotary BBQ in Twain Harte. 
BBQ is at Eprson Ballfield at 5pm.
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August 22, 2015
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Twain Harte Community Yard Sale. 
Community Yard Sale throughout downtown Twain Harte on Saturday, June 14, from 8am-4pm. Booth rental $25.00 free to...
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August 28, 2015–August 30, 2015
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Filmfest Twain Harte. 
Films from all over the world, shorts, full length, documentaries, student films. Filmmakers, actors, celebrity guests...
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September 5, 2015
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The Dam Duck Race at Twain Harte Lake. 
Set up is at 9am. Race starts at 4pm.
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October 3, 2015–October 4, 2015
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Oktoberfest in Twain Harte. 
Event starts at 10am in Eproson Park.
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October 10, 2015
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Sugar Pine Trail Run. 
8am registration, 1st race starts at 9am.
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November 10, 2015
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Women Saluting Women. 
Soroptimist International in Twain Harte Presents "Women Saluting Women. This event honors women vetrans. Tuesday -...
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December 4, 2015
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Christmas Parade in Twain Harte. 
Parade starts at 5:30pm.
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December 5, 2015
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Community Christmas Dinner. 
Dinner at 4pm.
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(Events are courtesy of the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau)