Historic Walking Tours.
An important function of the city's Heritage Preservation Board
is to raise awareness about Larkspur's unique history. One of the ways in which the Board accomplishes this is through self guided tours of the downtown, publication of their book entitled Larkspur Past and Present: A History and Walking Guide,
and by sponsoring free walking tours. Read on to find out how you can participate in these activities.
Take the Self Guided Tour
The original highway through southern Marin was mapped out in 1909, and Magnolia Avenue served as the major access road for much of Marin. Today, Magnolia Avenue looks much as it did when it was the main county road. The false-front store facades, the Mission Revival style church and City Hall, the early Queen Anne victorians, and the Blue Rock Inn, all evoke the flavor of the city's past. Larkspur's downtown, between the Lark Theater and the Lark Creek Inn, has been designated as a state and city historic district and is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places because the buildings are representative of commercial architecture that was typical of small California towns at the turn of the century. Download the Walking tour descriptions and Walking tour map to navigate the self guided tour of Larkspur's Historic Downtown.
Read the Book
More than 100 people contributed thousands of hours of volunteer research, writing, and photography to create the updated edition of Larkspur Past and Present: A History and Walking Guide. To obtain a copy, download the order form and have Larkspur Past and Present mailed to yourself as a gift, or purchase it locally at Larkspur City Hall, Red Robin Caterers, Book Passage (Corte Madera), or First Street Books (Kentfield). Take an armchair tour of Larkspur's colorful hisory.
Join a Group Tour
Larkpur's Heritage Preservation Board periodically sponsors special heritage events, including Historic Larkspur Walking Tours of Baltimore-Madrone Canyon and the Historic Downtown. These tours are led by local residents with a keen knowledge of Larkspur's colorful history. For the latest information, please contact the Recreation Department or consult the latest edition of the Larkspur Recreation and Community Newsletter.