Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens


Arden Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens
Mailing Address Only: C/o 25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
(949)923-2230
heritagehill@ocparks.com

Fee: $5 per person for a docent led tour. For reservations, please contact the South County Historical Parks office at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest at (949) 923-2230.

Tucked away amidst a live oak grove on the banks of Santiago Creek in Modjeska Canyon lies the century-old home of world renowned actress Madame Helena Modjeska. Named for the grounds’ resemblance to the Forest of Arden in the Shakespearean play, “As You Like It,” Arden is designated a National Historic Landmark.

Activities

Docent led tours of the historic house and gardens are currently offered four times a month, by advance reservation only. This walking tour will take you through the years Madame Modjeska resided in her canyon home, and along the rock lined pathways of what she so fondly called the Forest of Arden. Tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours.

News

December 22, 2014 
OC Parks Introduces New Smart Card Annual Passes

OC Parks is introducing new annual passes that will allow visitors to use a single card to park for 12 months at all County regional and wilderness parks and/or beaches.

The new smart cards replace the entry cards and stickers that were previously used for annual parking per calendar year. The new cards are valid for 12 months from issue date and can be renewed annually. The price for the new cards remains the same as 2014.


October 27, 2014 
Park Hours Change Starting Nov. 2

The clocks fall back early Nov. 2, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Wilderness parks close at sunset and most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter.


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