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Heritage Hill building

Heritage Hill Historical Park's 4.1 acres includes 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).

Guided tours through the buildings are provided for the public Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. The tours offer an interpretation of Saddleback area history through the artifacts, events and people associated with each building. Landscaping of the park is in keeping with the historic nature of the buildings. The grounds are also available for wedding reservations, subject to availability.

There are no fees for entrance or public tours at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Groups of eight or more must make advance public tour reservations by contacting the park office. Voluntary donations are accepted and aid the park in historical program presentations. The Amigos de la Colina volunteer docent group assists the park staff by conducting tours and special programs.


Heritage Hill chapel

Three free "walk-in" tours are offered weekly for individuals and groups of seven or less on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m.  Volunteer docents meet visitors at the front porch of the Serrano Adobe and tour each building. 

The buildings are open to public access only during tours in order to protect the historic furnishings and artifacts on display. Visitors not attending a "walk in" tour or prearranged group tour may walk the park grounds but are not permitted inside the buildings. 

Group tour arrangements should be made in advance for any group of more than eight persons. 

Three school tour programs are offered to third and fourth grade classes. The Living History program enables students to experience a typical school day around the turn-of-the-century. The Hands-on tour includes an activity at each historic building. The Native American program features a visit to the Indian village exhibit to learn about the life of the “People of the Land Before 1769." 

Please contact the park office to arrange Group, Living History, Hands On, or Native American tours.

Location Amenities
Interpretive Programs
Picnic areas (tables, restrooms)
Wedding Ceremonies