Join the fun at one of San Diego’s unique tourist attractions!
It is the Parsonage Museum and H Lee House Cultural Center – located in Civic Center Park, 3200 Main Street – just eight (8) miles east of downtown San Diego in the neighboring City of Lemon Grove.
The museum and cultural center offer a glimpse into the development of what was once known as the “main entrance to the San Diego Metropolitan Empire.” Before the interstate freeways – before the first airport – miners heading for Julian gold and travelers crossing the desert from Yuma passed through the gateway to San Diego along the Lemon Grove road.
The first stage station is gone now, but a re-creation of the first train depot lives. The first church building in Lemon Grove still stands and you can visit it. It is the modern day home of the Parsonage Museum, 3185 Olive Street.
Walk along the tracks that once carried box cars of locally grown lemons to eastern markets. See the historic Sonka Store – now the Lemon Grove Bakery – and its partial re-creation inside the Parsonage Museum. Get the whole story on the award-winning, five-panel Lemon Grove History Mural, 3308 Main Street. And you can’t miss the “Giant Lemon,” a monument to the days when Lemon Grove was just that – a sea of lemon orchards.
Join us for a pleasant – and inexpensive – afternoon each Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM Our museum docents will introduce you to the delights of small town life that would have been familiar to past generations.
We have ample free parking. Admission to the museum is by donation in any amount. Souvenirs are available at the museum gift shop. Delicious treats are available at the Lemon Grove Bakery.
For a memorable experience – do something out of the ordinary. Visit us!
We are the #1 tourist attraction in Lemon Grove.