Old Town San Diego, one of several historic San Diego attractions, is known as the birthplace of California. In 1769, Father Junipero Serra came here to establish a mission, the first in a chain of 21 that were to be the cornerstone of California’s colonization. In 1968, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old Town State Historic Park to preserve the rich heritage that characterized San Diego during the 1821 to 1872 period.
Historic buildings include La Casa de Estudillo, La Casa de Bandini, La Casa de Altamirno Pedrorena, and the Mason Street School, San Diego’s first one-room schoolhouse. Just up the hill from Old Town San Diego Historic State Park, you’ll find Heritage Park where several of San Diego’s most notable Victorian homes have been relocated and authentically restored to their original splendor.
Just a short walk down San Diego Avenue is the Whaley House, an officially designated haunted house; the Little Adobe Chapel on Conde Street, which was the first church in Old Town San Diego; and El Campo Santo on San Diego Avenue, an 1850 Catholic Cemetery. Old Town San Diego gives you a fabulous glimpse of the past, surrounded by modern shopping, delicious food, and some pretty cool restaurants that have been around for awhile.
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