Weaverville Joss House Association

Weaverville Joss Hoss Association

Moon Lim Lee, the last Chinese caretaker for the Weaverville Taost Temple, formed the Weaverville Joss House Association in 1983. Mr. Lee and his wife Dorothy donated the "The Temple of the Forest beneath the Clouds" to the California State Parks in 1956 to preserve the structure and increase awareness of the cultural contributions made by the Chinese in California. Today the association continues to support the State Park effort in preserving the temple, built by Mr. Lee's ancestors in 1874.

Through membership and sales of interpretive gift shop items, the association is able to support the park goals in presenting both interpretive and educational information about the temple. The association supports several yearly interpretive programs, including the annual "Chinese New Year's Celebration" and the "Lion Dance." Local children especially enjoy the annual Lion Dance, even though the life size cloth and paper lions look ferocious.

The association also provides funds for maintaining the Chinese gardens that feature plants that have red, pink, yellow and gold blossoms, which the Chinese considered to represent happy thought and good luck. In conjunction with parks staff, the association installed a reflecting pond with water plants and fish to help protect the park from evil spirits who do not like to see their reflection in the water.

Weaverville Joss House Interpretive Association has proven itself to be a valuable asset to the visitors and staff at Weaverville Joss House.  Join them by becoming a member!

Please visit the Weaverville Joss Hoss Association website.


Weaverville Joss House Association
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
PO Box 2608
Weaverville, Ca 96093-2608
TEL 530-623-5284

Information Section

California State Parks has a valuable relationship with more than 80 cooperating associations authorized pursuant to Public Resources Code 513. These non-profit charitable organizations are dedicated to enhancing the educational and interpretive programs in California State Parks. Associations are related to, but independent of the state parks they serve.

Many associations have websites. California State Parks encourages you to visit these websites, however does not guarantee the content, timeliness or accuracy of the materials on these sites.