Santa Cruz County’s History and Heritage
Central to the history of the Golden State, Santa Cruz County is a mixture of cultural influences. Contributions from the native Ohlone Tribe, Chinese immigrants, and the agricultural experience brought to the land by Japanese, Italian, and Croatian farmers and more are apparent today. The legacy of this rich multicultural history is evident in the places, artifacts, and ancestry which represent the stories and people of Santa Cruz County’s past.
An impressive array of museums showcase the area’s history and artifacts, and self-guided walking tours of neighborhoods display the living work of classic architectural styles like Salt-box, Greek-Revival, Italianate, Eastlake, Queen Anne, Colonial-Revival, Craftsman, and more. From cultural to historic to natural history, there are many ways to experience the heritage of Santa Cruz County.