Historic Home Tours
The Cox and Bidwell houses, built in 1888 and 1890 respectively, were moved from nearby locations to Heritage Park in 2000 and 2002. Since then, the Historical Society and hundreds of volunteers have spent countless hours restoring the homes and making them available to the public. Docent led tours provide a short history of the Twin Oaks Valley area of San Marcos, an introduction to some of the past homeowners, and what their life in San Marcos would between 1890 and 1930. The houses provide a glimpse of the past for visitors of all ages. 

From time to time special collections will be on display in the houses. If you have an interesting collection that is pertinent to local history, we welcome you to host a display for 6 -8 weeks in Heritage Park.

Home Tour Hours:
(Tue,Thur, Sat 1:00 and 4:30 pm) or by appointment

  • Free for San Marcos Historical Society members
  • $3.00 Adult non members
  • $1.00 children under 16 when accompanied by an adult

Docent led tours of Heritage Park cover the early history of San Marcos from the earliest inhabitants to the early years of incorporation in 1963. The Museum contains photos, artifacts and displays that highlight development of a rural community into a modern city and the people and events that left their mark on San Marcos. Followed by a tour of two historical home built in the late 1800’s in the Twin Oaks Valley.  Most rooms in Museum and historic homes are ADA accessible.

Please call ahead to schedule group tours. These can also be provided during morning hours with advanced notice.

Tours can also be specialized for groups of students or seniors, and include refreshments.

To Schedule Group Tours Contact Us

Bidwell House

Cox House