Sunday, May 16, 2010

Heritage Park Oceanside.

We took another day out to look for gems in our own Tri- City Area.

Heritage Park is a small park in Oceanside that is often overlooked.  It features old buildings and replicas of Oceanside in the early days of its history.  The buildings are set around a large green, grassy quadrangle.  At one end is a beautiful bandstand:

At the other end  a few solid and clean picnic tables...

...right next door to the City Jail.

Along one side of the quad are some old store fronts  and some  farm implements...

...the General Store and a Barber's Shop

Beautiful wood toned store fronts

Along the other side of the grass quad is the old "Blade"  newspaper building.  Our son started out his photography career with the old Blade Citizen newspaper (not in this building!  We're not that old!)

The first Libby School building is next to the Blade.

Same buildings, but a step further back to look at the beautiful tree set in front of them.

Now look at that tree again  -- so beautifully shaped.

And that was our day out last week.  
Once again, not a soul there.  The caretaker did come out to say hello.  He said that three or four days a week there is nobody using this park But next week they are to have a big splash when all the old timers from what was the Oceanside School District, (now incorporating Carlsbad and Vista) will have a great reunion with a lot of fun and many memories recalled.

Why don't you explore your old neighborhoods?  Bet you'd find some gems too.


Anonymous said...

Vista? Is that where the name of this computer program came from?

I like the pictures very much.

I had no idea that mockingbirds sing all the night through. I guess I should be thankful the one that stopped here kept on going.

Gillian Mowbray said...

That looks like a delightful place - I'd expect see horses tied up outside those old buildings - maybe I watched too many westerns as a child. LOL

I'm with you regarding enjoying what is in our own neighbourhood. x

Autumn Leaves said...

This is something we often do as well, Chris. It is so much fun and there are so many not so hidden but often overlooked gems out there. This tree is truly beautiful!

photowannabe said...

I didn't realize how quaint and well kept this little town is. How could I have missed it in our travels? I think Hubby and I need to go on a road trip soon!!

Cherdecor said...

I enjoyed the virtual tour through your park. It reminded me of 2004 when we were in San Diego. We took a tour to a place nearby. Sorry, I don't remember the name but it was for tourists. There were lots of shops but the old buildings of the past were still there.

I always regretted one thing from that trip. I LOVED the salt and pepper shakers that were red and purple in the gift shops. I think they were of some kind of material that were transluscent. I have always regretted not buying them. If I ever get out there again, I will be sure to pick up a set.

Jack and Joann said...

Chris, thanks for stopping by my blog. California is so differnt from Virginia but both places are beautiful. Take care and stop by again soon.

kaybee said...

What a lovely place to visit! It is true that we just don't make the most of the places right in our own back-yards, so to speak. I've only ever been up the CN Tower once, only once on the boat around the Toronto Islands many years ago (with you and your family - remember??), and...well, just too many places to mention around here that we should really visit much more often!

Thanks for a great blog, and love that tree - statuesc!

Jose said...

Charming little place and how many awesome photo ops. I do that once in a while when I run out of images for my blog. It's so much fun to go out and just plain see what can be found.

Anonymous said...

when I was a child in the previous century we, as a family, toured our own city and surrounding countryside - sometimes Mom and Dad would say we have never been here before....we always had a great time being tourists at home!!!!

Rowan said...

I can't believe that no-one uses this park, it looks both lovely and interesting with all the historic buildings. You're so right about exploring what's on your doorstep, it's something I'm trying to do more of this summer. Really nice post.