Open by Appointment Only
This venue is currently closed to the public.
The craftsman-style house was built for William Nash, a local pharmacist, It was originally located on San Bernardino Road and was saved from demolition in 1989 when the historical society moved it to 300 North Valencia Avenue at the west side of Covina Park.
It is a true "snapshot" museum from the turn of the last century. Fully furnished, it has been left was it was and offers visitors a rare glimpse of life at the turn of the last century.
The Heritage House is currently undergoing renovations and is expected to reopen in the Spring of 2023.
Open every Sunday from 1-3pm excluding holiday weekends
The Covina Valley Historical Society dedicated its small community museum on January 14, 1979. It has been opened free of charge every Sunday from 1-3 pm ever since. Erected in 1911, the Firehouse is located directly behind Covina City Hall at 125 East College Street just east of Citrus Avenue in the heart of Covina's historic downtown district. We showcase a fine assortment of local historical artifacts illustrating early rural life in the San Gabriel Valley. The jail serves as a safe repository for thousands of documents and photographs; dozens of vintage pictures taken by CW Tucker document the growth in the area, scrapbooks, early invoices, legal documents and citrus records. offer a glimpse of cultural and social life of the area. The building was used as a municipal jail until 1974 and current visitors can do a short stint
behind bars if they like.
Annual Membership begins at only $30 per person!
Members receive copies of our quarterly award-winning newsletter, the Orange Peal, invitations to dinner meetings featuring outstanding historical speakers and other special events.
Can you spare two hours per week? Volunteers are the heart of our organization and you can help out today! Training provided. Call 626-523-9798 for more information.
The Covina Valley Historical Society hosts four Dinner Meetings per year. Each get-together offers a wonderful dinner for only $18 per person ($15 for members). After our meal, an historical program is presented. Held at the Covina Women's Club on San Jose Avenue at 6pm, these meetings are open to the public.
In the 1940's Marietta Broadwell wrote accounts of many of our pioneer settlers. These fascinating accounts lend a unique personality to the history of early Covina and its citizens.
The first Sunday of each month we conduct a FREE walking tour of downtown Covina between Badillo Street and San Bernardino Road. Almost 70% of all the commercial buildings in Covina's historic downtown were built before 1890. The tour takes you along Citrus Avenue through alleys and introduces visitors to the colorful pioneer history of this small town that once shipped more oranges than anywhere else on earth. Tours leave promptly at 1: 30 and last about an hour. It is a flat, easy walk and wheelchair accessible.
Q: Does it cost anything to visit the museum?
A: No. Admission is FREE.
Q: How long does it take to tour the Firehouse-Jail Museum?
A: It is a one-room historical museum, but there are quite a few artifacts and photos; about 30 minutes is the average time.
Q: What size group would qualify for a private tour?
A: The average tour size is about 10-12 people, but we also can accommodate classrooms of up to 30 students.
Q; When will the Heritage House be opened to the public?
A: Probably in the spring of 2022.
Q: Is there a restroom in the museum?
A: There is no running water in the museum and no restroom available.
Support Local History!
We love our visitors, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
125 East College Street, Covina, California 91723, United States
01:00 pm – 03:00 pm
Call 626-523-9798 to schedule a tour. The museum is closed on holiday weekends.