There’s No Place Like Home – Touring the Homestead Museum
And there’s no place like the Homestead Museum in the City of Industry. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this lovely place twice and, I must say, it’s one of my favorite historic homes. And not only because admission is always free (although that is a definite plus).
Located behind a business park, the Homestead Museum is a hidden gem. Before the museum, I had no reason to ever go to the City of Industry and, frankly, never even knew where it was (it’s off the 60 fwy if ya need to know). Now, I like to make an annual trek.
The museum is the former homestead (get it…homestead museum) of the Workman-Temple family. The site consists of three different historic spaces: The Workman House – the early home of the Workman family
La Casa Nueva – the home of the Temple family (descendents of the Workman’s)
and El Campo Santo, the family’s private cemetery (no photo).
My favorite structure is La Casa Nueva. A Spanish Revival structure built in the 1920’s, it is a beautiful example of homes of that period. The craftsmanship is exquisite. From carvings in the ceiling beams to stained glass windows no detail goes unnoticed.
Just look at the loveliness
Man, I want to live there. And the grounds are not too shabby either.
Lots of trees and ponds…it’s the perfect setting for a picnic. Now, I don’t know if you can go any old day and do that, but every August the homestead does hold a Ticket to the Twenties Festival. It’s super fun with jazz bands, fashion shows, activities, and lots of vintage goodness. And, like the museum, admission is free!
Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum
15415 East Don Julian Road
City of Industry, CA 91745
open M-F 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm
tours available W-Sun at 1,2,3, & 4pm
admission is free!