Learn all about days gone by on Lake Forest property. Acres of pristine landscape preserve some of Orange County’s most valued treasures. Home to four historic buildings, Heritage Historical Park presents a timeline of local Californian history. Open to the public, valuable insight into the past is given to those meandering through. Holding the title of Orange County’s first historical park the venue opened its doors in 1982.

Explorers follow a timeline from 1863 to 1908. Serrano Adobe remains from the Rancho Canada de los Alisos ranch and represents the Mexican Rancho era of the Lake Forest real estate region. The El Toro Elementary School gives today’s youngsters a glimpse into what learning was like way back in 1890. St. George’s Episcopal Mission is inspiring and illuminating. The Harvey Bennett Ranch House reflects on farming days in early times.

Living history events keep it real on the Lake Forest property. Educational programs featuring Native American culture and 20th Century education are offered to school children. Hands on workshops include activities are designed to encourage kids to look back into the past.

Get the Most Out of Historic Lake Forest Real Estate

Guests get the most out of visits with guided tours. Offered at various times, reservations can be made by calling 949.923.2230. Time seems to stand still as docents impart knowledge into the time periods represented. Tours originate on the steps of the Serrano Adobe building. Guides share their expertise by describing artifacts, architecture and cultural information.

Special events make visits extra fun. Annual happenings to look forward to include Rancho Days Fiesta, Victorian Christmas, Candlelight tours and the Autumn Harvest Festival. Weddings and other events are also held on the grounds.

Located at 25151 Serrano Road, the park is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take some time to embrace local history and visit Heritage Historical Park.