See how the early Californians lived. Heritage Park in Santa Fe Springs offers a variety of historical experiences for the entire family.
The centerpiece of the six-acre park is the reconstruction of a Victorian estate built by a farmer from Missouri, Harvay Hawkins, in 1880 and burned down in 1941. Carefully reconstructed Carpenter Gothic-style ranch buildings in the park include a tank house, windmill and a carriage barn. The carriage barn, the largest building in the park, has been converted into a history museum geared especially for children.
The park includes formal gardens and a renovated aviary. Estates during the late 1800s were filled with collections of exotic trees and plants including dwarf periwinkle, star jasmine, Spanish dagger, Italian cypress, Oriental arborvitae and lily of the Nile.
Built in the late 1920s, the aviary once held exotic birds from Java, Africa and the American Southwest. The aviary is now home to a variety of cockatoos, parakeets, finches, pheasants and doves.