Strolling Through Santa Clara’s Historic Roots

April 25, 2012 by  

May is National Preservation Month, and the City of Santa Clara is celebrating by offering a number of walking tours entitled “Stroll into the Past”. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is sponsoring the month-long celebration, and is a privately-funded nonprofit organization with headquarters in Washington D.C. Communities from coast to coast are encouraged to discover their historic roots.

Two guided walking tours are sponsored by the City of Santa Clara Historical and Landmarks Commission and are two hours in duration. Walking Tour #1 is entitled, “Exploring Santa Clara’s Heritage: From the Carmelite Monastery to the Berryessa Adobe”, and will be held on May 12, 2012, at 1:00 pm, beginning at the Carmelite Monastery entrance on Lincoln near Franklin Street. The second walking tour, entitled “Gingerbread and Other Treats: An Architectural Treasure Hunt”, will be held one week later on May 19th, 2012, at 1:00 pm. Participants should meet at the corner of Main and Harrison Streets. Both events are fun, informative and free.

Space is limited on both walking tours to the first 25-30 people who check in on the day of the tour. However, two self-guided walking tours are also available. A detailed description of each stop on both walking tours can be found on the city’s website and can be downloaded as a PDF and taken to a printing company for high quality prints or multiple copies. Participants can take the tours at their own time and leisure which stops at 36 homes and buildings that played important roles in the history of Santa Clara.