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Take a Trip into the Past with These Historical San Diego Landmarks

San Diego has something for just about anyone, especially history buffs. The city is rich with culture with famous San Diego landmarks, particularly in the popular neighborhood of Old Town. Take a tour and learn more about the city’s history, just a quick drive from our Mission Valley Apartments.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park was established in 1821 and is home to several 19th-century businesses and residences. They have been maintained and preserved to highlight what colonial life in San Diego was really like in the 19th century. There is a mix of restored, reconstructed, and original adobe buildings. Visitors can enjoy live mariachi music, great food, tour several historic sites, and visit unique shops. 

Marston House Museum and Gardens

The Marston House Museum is the former 8500 square foot home of a prominent family, The Marstons. A civic leader in the 19th century, George W. Marston was a key proponent of preserving San Diego’s history. The house dates back to 1905, built by world-renowned architects William Sterling Hebbard and Irving Gill. The home is now a museum and San Diego landmark after the generous donation to the city from the Marston family. The home stands on five acres and features beautiful landscaping. You can explore the grounds of the home, the formal gardens, canyon pathways and enjoy a beautiful stroll under the pine trees. The Marston House Museum is also part of the National Register of Historic Places.

Whaley House Museum

The Whaley House Museum was once home to the Whaley Family and later became San Diego’s first commercial theater, county courthouse, and Whaley & Crosthwaite General Store. Constructed in 1851 and established as a museum in 1960, it is one of two official haunted houses in the entire state of California. Located in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, it’s the perfect place to visit if you want to learn more about the folklore in the area or have a spooky encounter.

Visiting these San Diego landmarks is a great way to connect with the city’s rich history. For more ways to immerse yourself in San Diego’s culture, explore some of the art museums. When you’re ready to call this beautiful place home, contact us. Our leasing office would love to help you find your new home in our West Park community. 

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