Excerpts from our
2024 Newsletters

For the Secrets of Downtown Visalia

1st: Sam Witter & Bethany Taylor
2nd: Pat Alvarez & Vineta Harper
3rd: Reed O’Bosky & Lisa Higgins
4th: Kristi Hampton with Savannah & Mikayla
5th: Hector Uriarte & Diana Ozuna

Event Host: Visit Visalia
Event Prize Sponsors:
Arts Visalia, Fugazzi’s, Taylor’s Hot Dogs, Sequoia Brewing Company

Historic Homes on Display at Christmas Party

Visalia Heritage members were invited to a Christmas Party to tour three beautiful historic homes within a block of each other. On the tour was the Hannah-Hyde House (ca. 1888), now owned by preservationists Joshua Cain and Andre Reyes, who are restoring it to become a bed & breakfast plus weddings and events venue. Previous owners left all the original wallpaper, handrails and windows. Some guests noticed a tiny bathroom off the front porch, obviously not original. 

Next was the Lawrence House (1910), which has been meticulously restored by Tyler Davis. Two of the Lawrence’s granddaughters were on hand to talk about the home’s history. The granddaughters recalled the fun times they had in the house when it was located a few blocks away, before it was moved when the library was expanded, and how the front side room had been their grandfather’s office. 

Also on the tour was the Askin Cottage (ca. 1890), beautifully restored and now the home of RPS Real Estate.

Simpsons Honored for Land Donation

At the Christmas party Visalia Heritage Walter Deissler presented Stan and Wendy Simpson were with a life membership to Visalia Heritage. Their generous donation of a lot on Murray is an anchor toward the creation of a Visalia history museum and cultural center.

Visalia Heritage Creates a Museum at The Lofts

Members of Visalia Heritage once had dreams of recreating Fort Visalia, the site where Visalia began in 1852. Some of their dreams were realized when they designed the Fort Visalia Heritage Room at The Lofts at Fort Visalia, which opened in December.
Self-Help, which built the low-income housing complex, wanted to honor the importance of the site, so they named it The Lofts at Fort Visalia and invited Visalia Heritage to create a small museum in the lobby, which includes a diorama of what we think the fort looked like and historic photographs of early Visalia.

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