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Centennial Heritage Park

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Centennial Heritage Park is a hidden historical gem in Glendora.

The site represents a typical farm of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Citrus was king throughout the valley and this park encloses numerous varieties of citrus trees. Several historic buildings have been moved to the site and many pieces of farm equipment are scattered about the park.

The Hamilton House (Fenton-Sellers-Hamilton House) was dragged across the river, moved to the park, and restored. It is a fine example of a farm house of the era filled with artifacts of the time. The house was originally built near Wabash Street and Bennett Avenue in the 1880s by George Whitcomb and other townspeople for the widow Fenton after her house was destroyed by fire. Margaret Fenton Sellers lived in the house which was later sold to the Hamilton family. The house was moved to East Alosta Avenue (now Route 66) where it was used as an antique store by Jane Hamilton Torf. When the house was scheduled with demolition by commercial development, Mrs. Torf sold the house to the Glendora Preservation Foundation for a dollar.

Orton Englehart invented the impulse sprinkler and his work shop is on the site filled with early examples of the sprinkler. The work shop was built in the late 1800s and has been moved to this site. Orton Englehart, a citrus farmer, invented the sprinkler in 1933 during the depression in an effort to water his orchard more efficiently. Orton, being interested in farming, sold his interest to his friend Clem La Ferta and returned to farming. Orton's impulse sprinkler became the international brand Rain-Bird.

A print shop of that time was nothing like a word processor and printer of today. The park is home to a print shop filled with movable type, presses that squeeze paper to type with tremendous pressure, and other equipment necessary to the trade. It was hard and dangerous work and visitors can see how it worked.

A reproduction of an outhouse makes visitors happy with their own bathrooms. Smudge pots were once common in citrus orchards to prevent freezing. The park has several examples. A windmill and hand pump give examples of when water didn't come out of a tap.

Hours:
Second Saturday of the month 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Second Sunday of the month 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Groups by appointment.

The Centennial Heritage Park sits at the edge of a large regional park (South Hills Park) beside the river.

725 East Mauna Loa (east end of Mauna Loa)
Glendora, CA
626-335-2078

This obscure gate is the entrance to this walk back in time.



Windmill.

Parlor, this is the room where guests were entertained.

Stairs to the attic.

Decorative hinge.
The house had only one bedroom.

The house had only one bedroom.

Sewing table in the bedroom.
The house had only one bedroom.
The bathroom was not part of the original house. It was added later.
Informal family living room.
The kitchen is filled with cooking tools from a hundred years ago.

Spice rack.

Corn cobb seeder.

The orchard is made of several varieties of citrus.
The orchard is made of several varieties of citrus.
Englehardt Workshop where Orton Englehardt first invented the impulse sprinkler. Orton invented the sprinler in 1933.
The workshop contained several early impulse sprinklers.


Outhouse.

Print shop.

Print press.

Type and graphic plates.


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