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Victorian Days Walking Tours 2013

San Carlos – Saturday, July 13 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tour historic locations in downtown San Carlos with the San Carlos Heritage Association. Meet in City Hall Park at the corner of San Carlos Avenue and Elm Street. The tour will end at the San Carlos History Museum at noon, where there will be an event “Cows and Chrysanthemums” based on early dairy farming and floral businesses in San Carlos. There will be fun games, crafts, and flower planting for young children and free milk, cookies, and chrysanthemum ice tea for all! For more information call 650.592.5822.

Colma: Serbian Cemetery – Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tour one of Colma’s unique cemeteries, the resting place for Russian, Serbian, Greek and Armenian Orthodox Christians. See the Byzantine chapel; monuments with eternal candles, porcelain portraits and Russian Orthodox crosses; mausoleums with beautiful mosaics and much more. View the First Serbian Benevolent Museum and enjoy a light buffet lunch. Tour starts in front of the Byzantine Chapel, 1801 Hillside Blvd. Park on Hillside Blvd. or enter the cemetery at the south gate nearest Troy’s Body Shop. RSVP 650.757.1676 or colmahist@sbcglobal.net by Wednesday, July 17.

Pigeon Point – Saturday, July 20 at 1 p.m.
Travel back to the days of the Maritime West on a docent-led tour of the historic grounds of Pigeon Point Light Station. Meet at the flagpole. Hear tales of the many shipwrecks, the building of the lighthouse, the “Wickies” and their families, and the anticipated restoration of the tower (currently closed to the public). Visit the Fog Signal Building to view the magnificent First Order Fresnel lens and explore the exhibits. Local maritime historian JoAnn Semones, author of Shipwrecks, Scalawags, and Scavengers: The Storied Waters of Pigeon Point will be there to sign copies of her book. For directions, go to www.parks.ca.gov/pigeonpoint.

Burlingame – Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meet at Burlingame’s historic train station for a three-block walking tour of downtown. Through stories and architecture, you will learn about Burlingame’s explosive growth in the early twentieth century. The Great Earthquake of 1906 transformed this rich equestrian playground to a bustling suburb of 14,000 by 1930. Write MsJGarrison@aol.com or call 650.348.2614 for more information.

Pescadero – Sunday, July 28 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Greg Timm, local historian, will lead the history walk. It will feature a tour of the 150-year-old Knapp home, and the community’s three historical churches, dating from 1867 to 1890. Attention will be paid to the beautiful historic buildings still in use in Pescadero, plus stories from the past, maybe even a few from members of the historic families. We will meet at the Community Native Sons Hall. Please wear hats, walking shoes, and bring water. Call 650.879.0882 or email gctimm@yahoo.com for any tour related questions.

San Mateo – Saturday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Al Acena will conduct a tour of San Mateo’s historic downtown including Third Avenue, B Street and St. Matthew’s Station. Meet at 2nd Avenue and El Camino Real at the parking facility.

Pacifica: Milagra Ridge – Sunday, August 4 at 1 pm.
Discover Milagra Ridge’s military history from World War II gun emplacements for coastal defense to the Nike missle launch site (1955-1974). Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Milagra Ridge is one of the few remaining habitats for the mission blue butterfly. Walking shoes are recommended for this two-hour hike on level ground. To get to the walk, from Sharp Park Road turn north on College Drive and continue about 1/4 mile to roadside parking at the Milagra Ridge gate. Parking is limited, carpools are encouraged.

South San Francisco – Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Former Mayor Gene Mullin will lead a 90-minute walking tour of the City Center, including the City Hall, Carnegie Library, the Plymire-Schwarz Center and Fire Museum and the Magnolia Center. Meet in the parking lot of City Hall, 400 Grand Avenue.

Colma: Cypress Lawn – Saturday, August 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Tour one of Colma’s most beautiful cemeteries which boasts of the permanent addresses of some of the most outstanding movers and shakers of San Mateo County and the Golden State of California. Visit the final resting places of these personalities and hear their fascinating stories of wealth acquisition and success. Wear comfortable walking shoes for Cypress Lawn’s hilly terrain and dress appropriately for Colma’s unpredictable weather. Tour starts at Cypress Lawn’s Noble Chapel, 1370 El Camino Real (Eastside Gardens – left past the Archway).

Pacifica– Saturday, August 10 at 7 p.m.
The Pacifica Historical Society will lead an evening tour that begins at the corner of Montecito and Beach Boulevard. During a tour of historic buildings of the central Sharp Park area, view the historic “castle,” walk past the Little Brown Church and stroll along the promenade. The tour will conclude at sunset with a view from the Pacifica Pier. Call 650.738.2332 for more information.

Redwood City — Sunday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Redwood City’s Historic Resources Advisory Committee will conduct a tour of historic sites including the place where Wyatt Earp used to drink. The tour will begin at the Lathrop House, 627 Hamilton Street, and will last approximately 90 minutes.

Redwood City: Union Cemetery – Saturday, August 17 at 10 a.m.
During a docent-led tour, learn how the redwood industry helped the famous people buried in Union Cemetery build Redwood City. The 19th century cemetery is located at Woodside Road and El Camino Real. Call 650.593.1793 for more information.

Local walking tours highlighting the history of San Mateo County will be held in July and August. The tours are offered free for our members and their friends. The tours meet at the location listed.
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