Whilst in Southern California, we saw some impressive examples of architecture from a period not too different from the heyday of towns like Walnut Grove and Isleton. For the most part, however, these are grander buildings–some of them built for amazing sums like $700.
The houses in Heritage Square were not built there, but moved to that location in order to preserve them. Some required extensive restoration. The vivid paint has caused a few traffic accidents on the nearby freeway as drivers slow down to rubberneck.
It was a very hot, sunny day (unusually so for April: even Los Angeles is not roastingly hot all the time, and in fact is normally much cooler than Oakley during the summer), which was difficult for my heat-and-sun-sensitive family members. Some of the buildings are air conditioned–obviously not an original feature, and most were shaded enough to provide relief, but we moved pretty quickly between them.
Photography is not permitted inside the houses, which is a pity, because some of them contain interesting displays, from furniture and photographs to Victorian medical equipment.
You can find out everything the guide told us that I’ve forgotten in the time since we were there on the Heritage Square Museum website. (WordPress, and nicely done, too.)
If you are ever in the area, I would definitely recommend a visit.