The Ehrmans were a wealthy San Francisco family who summered at the lake for 45 years. Pine Lodge was built by Florence Ehrman’s financier father, Isaias W. Hellman, in 1903, and for 45 years the Ehrmans opened the mansion to family members and friends for lavish summer stays. The 2,000 acres and two miles of lakefront beach were closed to the public until Esther Lazard, Florence’s daughter, sold the property to the state of California in 1965.
On Living History Day, visitors are welcome guests at the mansion. Tours of the estate will feature vignettes by costumed characters playing the roles of Florence Ehrman, the family’s butler, the upstairs maid and the cook who keeps the house smelling delightful with her constant baking.