Field Notes

Heritage Hill Historical Park

The OC Parks maintains a four acre local history site in Lake Forrest, CA. The rangers interpret “four fully restored and furnished historic buildings that span the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area from the Mexican Rancho era (Serrano Adobe, circa 1863), to the founding of the town of El Toro (El Toro Grammar School, 1890; St. George’s Episcopal Mission, 1891), through the citrus farming days of the early twentieth century (Harvey Bennett Ranch House, 1908).” They offer guided tours and seasonal events for the community.

Visit 25151 Serrano Road Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534. Contact (949)923-2230 or

The park is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.. to 5 p.m. The park is closed for county holidays.

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Participate in upcoming events such as Art at Heritage Hill on November 22nd from 9am-1pm.

“Gather your sketchbook and paints for a morning of art at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Join our professional artist who will guide you through the practices of plein air painting.

No materials are provided but a recommended list of materials is available through the park. Please call to request these details. A tour of the park is available at the start of the program so you have a chance to view the historical buildings ranging from an 1863 adobe, 1890 mission church, 1891 one room schoolhouse, and a 1908 citrus farmhouse. There are so many places for you to decide where you would like to paint! Please note, painting is not allowed inside the buildings.

Art at Heritage Hill welcomes all those who are interested and love the arts, from beginners to advanced artists.

This is a free event. Registration is not required.”

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