Fillmore Historical Museum

350 Main St., Fillmore, CA 93016 - United States




The Fillmore Historical Museum preserves and displays artifacts from the families and businesses from the Heritage Valley, California, communities of Fillmore, Bardsdale, Sespe and PIru. It has an extensive local history photo collection and documents from the historic Rancho Sespe as well as a library of local and southwestern history. It also has photos and histories of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster, the worst man made disaster of the 20th century.


Displays on Saturday, April 4, 2020 will include a display commemorating the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster, the worst man-made disaster of the 20th century and an extensive representation of life in the Santa Clara Valley in the first half of the 20th century.

For railroad buffs the 1887 depot will be open as well as the 1968 Cotton Belt caboose.

The Hinckley House will highlight the artistic talent of local artist, Lawrence Hinckley. Mr. Hinckley was the third generation of Hinckleys in Fillmore and was the owner of the “Artist’s Barn.” He was a talented cartoonist and painter in Fillmore in the 1930′s and 1940′s. The Hinckley House has a representative selection of his art. The 1905 craftsman style bungalow is decorated in the style of the first half of the 20th century.

The garage display building houses a 1930 Ford pickup which was restored by local high school students in 1999 and take on the History Channel Great Race.

The turn of the 20th centura Post Office building contains postal artifacts and copies of the presidential appointments of 4 postmasters.

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