Los Angeles Times

Looking for a weekend road trip from L.A.? This historic gem is closer than you think

The Heritage Valley area of Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru supports a surprising number of museums. We stopped by the California Oil Museum, which has an impressive display of early drilling equipment; the Santa Paula Art Museum, which specializes in work by local artists; the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, which has a collection of vintage biplanes and World War II fighter planes; the nearby Fillmore Historical Museum and its outdoor displays of steam locomotives and railroad cars; and Fillmore’s ReGEN Haus, a converted Craftsman bungalow cum steampunk antique store that calls itself an “emporium of wonder and attraction.” We could have spent half a day combing through the vintage radios, medical tools and beautifully restored wooden furniture accumulated largely through the proprietor’s work as a Hollywood prop master.

Charles Fleming, February 6, 2020

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