The Chatsworth Historical Society (CHS) is located on the Homestead Acre, 10385 Shadow Oak Drive,
in Chatsworth Park South at the west end of Devonshire Street in the beautiful San Fernando Valley.
The Chatsworth Historical Society was founded in 1963 to save and move the historic 1903 Pioneer Church that was slated for demolition. In 1978 the Society became the conservator of the 1.3 acre parcel known as the Homestead Acre.
The Chatsworth Historical Society upholds a four point mission in addition to the commemoration of historical dates and events:
1) To preserve and mark historic sites and landmarks of the Chatsworth area;
2) To be an agency for the collection of photographs, artifacts, and archaeological items that represent the history of Chatsworth;
3) To preserve and maintain the Homestead Acre, the name given to the 1.3 acre compound in Chatsworth Park South that contains the Hill-Palmer Cottage and the Chatsworth Museum;
4) To make use of its resources to educate its members and the general public concerning its heritage through publications, displays, digital archives, programs, tours, films, seminars, and educational activities within the public and private schools.
The 1.3 acre compound in Chatsworth
Park South contains the Hill-Palmer Cottage,
the Virginia Watson Chatsworth Museum, and the Frank H.Schepler, Jr.
Memorial Library. The majority of the site is given over
to gardens with more than 200 rose bushes, including modern (hybrids) and
historical roses, fruit trees and native California plants.
Hours of Service
The Homestead Acre, which houses the Chatsworth Historical Society, the Chatsworth Museum,
the Frank H. Schepler, Jr. Memorial Library, and the Hill-Palmer Homestead Cottage, is open to
the public from 1 to 4 P.M. on the first Sunday of every month except for Holidays for tours. Special tours of at
least 10 or more people can be arranged by sending an email to