Nestled-up close to San Diego’s ‘Old Town State Park’ is a small County Park that is a must-visit for photographers, history buffs, and people interested in Victorian architecture. Dubbed ‘Heritage Park’, it’s a collection of homes and a synagog from San Diego’s early days.
There are six homes and the ‘Temple Beth Israel’, in which other congregations met when it was built back in 1889. The Sherman-Gilbert House was built in 1887 by a cousin of Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman. I could never afford the glitz-and-glamour of the huge, multi-roomed mansions; I identify more with the “Senlis Cottage’, built in 1896 for the working class. It had no gas, electricity, water, or plumbing, but it’s still very photogenic.
Be sure and bring your tripod and remote shutter release; they will help you keep the horizon horizontal, which is a chore in the park! I used an 18-55mm kit lens, but bring your wide-angle or tilt-shift lens, if you have one.
If editing photos is your thing, then Heritage Park is your Nirvana. The victorian designs demand sepia toning and vignetting!
As long as you don’t go during high tourist season, parking should not be much of an issue and there is no admittance fee. Even if you don’t own a camera, it’s a nice 1-2 hour day trip just to walk around the grounds!