West Palm Avenue Walking Tour: Saturday, March 23, 2023

The Redlands Area Historical Society, Inc.

“West Palm Avenue Walking Tour”


Saturday, March 23, 2023

10:00 a.m.

The Redlands Area Historical Society is sponsoring a historical walking tour of Palm Avenue Saturday March 23 beginning at 10:00 a.m. from the front of the Charles Kendall Adams home (Plymouth Village) at 120 East Palm.   The tour leader is Tom Atchley.  The tour cost is a $10.00 for Historical Society members and $15 for non-members.  The tour is part of the 50th Anniversary of the Historical Society.

     The walking tour will travel west on Palm Avenue and end just beyond Center Street.  Parking of another vehicle on West Palm near Center Street is suggested for those that do not want to walk back on Palm at the end of the tour. Atchley will discuss the architecture of the homes as well as the people that lived on the street from the 1880’s to 1920’s. 

     Palm Avenue has many Heritage Home Awards from the historical society, the historical society began recognizing homes and businesses in 1975.  Charles Kendall Adams 120 E. Palm, Edward P. Tuck 24 W. Palm, Clinton G. Gaylord 159 W. Palm, Oscar W. Harris 206 W. Palm, Thomas Jeffery 405 W. Palm, Francis Hunt Billings 417 W. Palm, Norman Barker 519 W. Palm, Marie L. Hegardt 635 W. Palm, Russell J. Waters 709 W. Palm, William Brooks 850 W. Palm, John W. Wilson 860 W. Palm, Helen Squires 1015 W. Palm, and Cornelia A. Hill 1113 W. Palm are all Heritage Home Award winners on Palm Avenue.

     Palm Avenue offers a variety of architectural styles from Victorian, Italianate, Greek revival, Craftsman, Eastlake Stick, Classic Box, California Bungalow, and California Ranch.  Some homes were considered mansions with domestic help, cooks, teamsters, and laborers all finding shelter.  Many downtown businessmen, teachers, carpenters, wealthy manufacturers, doctors, water entrepreneurs, land developers, and orange growers lived on the street.

     The tour should take about an hour and a half and end close to 11:30 a.m. at Palm and Center.  Good walking shoes and a light coat for the brisk March morning are recommended.            

Reservations are not necessary. For further information call (909) 307-4661.