Get a taste of local history through online walking tours.
Victorian Days Walking Tours
These pre-recorded 10 to 15-minute videos give an introduction to some of the historic places and themes throughout San Mateo County.
Online Tour and Dates
Saturday, July 18, 2020: 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.
For more information, contact Grig Timm.
Sunday, July 19, 2020: 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.
For more information about the Menlo Park Historical Association, please visit their website.
Saturday, July 25, 2020: Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Sunday, July 26, 2020: 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, 2020: 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, 2020: 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!
For more information about the San Carlos Heritage Association, contact them.
Saturday, August 15 2020: 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 and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Sunday, August 16, 2020: 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 home owners 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. Created by the Redwood City Historic Resources Advisory Committee.
Saturday, August 22: Folger Stable
During an online tour of the Folger Carriage Room Museum at Wunderlich Park, learn about our exhibits on the history of the Folger Coffee company, the agricultural uses of the property prior to the Great Estates era and the and the influence of horses to the American West and Woodside history.
Saturday, August 29, 2020: Millbrae
Join the Millbrae Historical Society for 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.
For more information about the Millbrae Historical Society, visit their website.