Within the boundaries of Heritage Hill Historical Park are four fully restored and furnished historic buildings that depict the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area from the Mexican Rancho Margarita era (El Toro Grammar School, built in 1890; St. George’s Episcopal Mission, built in 1891) to the citrus farming days of the early twentieth century (Harvey Bennett Ranch House, 1908).

Wednesday through Saturday, the general public can take advantage of guided tours of the various structures. The tours provide an interpretation of the history of the Saddleback area through the items, events, and people related with each building on the tour route. The park’s landscaping is designed to complement the historic nature of the buildings. Weddings can also be held on the grounds, subject to availability. Please inquire for details.

There are no admission or tour costs at Heritage Hill Historical Park, and there are no guided tours available. Groups of eight or more are required to make reservations for public tours in advance. Please notify park staff at least three weeks prior to the day of your requested trip to ensure availability. Donations of any kind are gratefully received and used to support the park’s historical program performances. The Amigos de la Colina  in the Rancho Santa Margarita City Center, volunteer docent organization supports the park’s employees by leading tours and putting on special programs for visitors.

Individuals and groups of seven or less are welcome to participate in four free “Walk-in” tours each week. At 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Guests are greeted at the front porch of the Serrano Adobe and given a tour of the various buildings.

In order to conserve the historic furniture and artifacts on show, the buildings are only open to the public during guided tours of the grounds. Visitors who are not participating in a “Walk in” tour or a planned Group tour are welcome to peek inside each building through an open doorway, but they are not permitted to step inside the buildings.

When traveling with a party of more than eight people, it is recommended that you make preparations in advance. Group tours should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance by contacting the park directly.

Third and fourth grade classes can choose from three different school visit programs. This curriculum allows children to experience a regular school day at the turn of the twentieth century through hands-on activities. At each of the historic buildings on the tour, participants will participate in an activity. An excursion to the Indian village display is included in the Native American program, where participants can learn about the lives of the “People of the Land Before 1769.”