San Mateo County Historical Association Offers Online Walking Tours

South San Francisco, CA  July 10, 2020 h/t Robert Riechel Reports, originated with SMC Historical Association

The San Mateo County Historical Association will continue with its summertime walking tour program by presenting the tours online.  We invite people to get a taste of local history through these 10 to 15-minute videos which give an introduction to some of the historic places and themes throughout San Mateo County.  The online tours will be released at in July and August.  The online tours will be posted by 10 a.m. on the days listed.


Saturday, July 18: Pescadero

Greg Timm, Pescadero historian, takes a new approach for this virtual walking tour, pulling out rarely seen historical town photos, and telling the history of Pescadero’s years From Buggy to Automobile.


Sunday, July 19: Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Historical Association is taking advantage of the opportunity for more than the typical one-and-one half-hour walking route. This year Victorian Days tour highlights five religious structures, miles apart in Menlo Park, all dating in one way or another from the 1880s. As well as places of worship, the churches and the history of the town are forever intertwined.


Saturday, July 25: Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Come learn the story of Pigeon Point on this virtual tour of the light station. We will highlight various locations on the grounds of the park while we tell Pigeon Point’s story of tragedy, hope, and innovation.


Sunday, July 26: San Bruno

Join San Mateo County Historical Association President Mitch Postel in an exploration of San Bruno’s historic business district. Starting at the intersection of San Mateo Avenue and El Camino, the online tour includes the original EIMAC building where vacuum tubes were produced for broadcast and radar transmitters during World War II. The tour will feature a stop at the Welch Family’s private slot machine collection, a rare treat in itself.


Saturday, August 1: Burlingame

Burlingame was once home to a well-known and lucrative horse breeding operation, as well as one of the nation’s best polo fields.  Both were located where Burlingame High School now sits.  Join us in this eleven- minute video, Horsing Around Burlingame, where we explore Burlingame’s equestrian past.


Sunday, August 2: San Carlos

The San Carlos Heritage Association presents this abbreviated virtual tour of some historical sites in San Carlos.  In the future, join our full tour see and hear more, especially the colorful stories!


Saturday, August 8: Cypress Lawn

Join us for the saga of two great San Francisco and Cypress Lawn families  – de Young & Spreckels – and their tumultuous and tragic connection.


Saturday, August 15: San Mateo

Join San Mateo County Historical Association President Mitch Postel on an online tour of downtown Mateo. Starting with the historic Benjamin Franklin Hotel (44 E. Third Avenue), the tour will include the Medical Arts Building, railroad-era businesses on B Street, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and the site of San Mateo’s Spanish-era mission outpost.


Sunday, August 16: Redwood City

Learn about Wellesley Park, the first exclusive neighborhood in Redwood City that was a starry-eyed dreamer’s vision backed by prominent professionals from San Francisco. During the online tour, see what remains of this planned community that welcomed homeowners with a huge iron gate topped by a stag. Follow the path of homes that vary in architecture as much as the famous personalities that owned them.


Sunday, August 23: Half Moon Bay

The walk at Burleigh Murray Ranch is stepping back in time to learn how entrepreneur Robert Mills added to the history of Half Moon Bay.  Along the way we will check in with birds and flora of the area.


Saturday, August 29: Millbrae

Join Millbrae Historical Society member Joe Teresi on an online walking tour of historic sites of Millbrae, including the oldest house in Millbrae and the Millbrae Train Museum at the former Southern Pacific Depot.


The Victorian Days Walking Tours are presented in conjunction with the Historical Association’s Victorian Days, which will also be an online event this year.  On August 9, 2020, parents and children will be invited to an “Etiquette of Tea” lesson complete with “try it at home” recipes.  Craft activities will include making paper fans, hats, pocket watches and calling cards.  Templates will be posted on our website   Victorian Days is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.


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