Nestled at the foot of the historic Mount Wilson Trail, Lizzie's Trail Inn began life as a lunch stand in the 1890's. By the 1920's it was a "jumpin' joint" at the edge of the wilderness. Lizzie Stoppel ran the restaurant from the 1920's until the late 1930's, famous for her unchanging menu of friend chicken and ravioli dinners as well as her local home brew. Lizzie's served locals, hikers, and customers of the pack station that was located in what is now Mt. Wilson Trail Park. Today, Lizzie's is a charming museum showcasing the history of Sierra Madre, the historic trail and the importance of the pack trains to the development of the area.
Next door, Richardson House began as a small 2-room pioneer cabin built by John Richardson in the 1890s. It was added on to in the 1920's and 1930's, and today holds historic artifacts from the early days of Sierra Madre.
Last spring a new California native plant teaching garden was installed in a partnership with the Sierra Madre Garden Club and The Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society (SMHPS). Designed by Orchid Black, President of the San Gabriel Chapter of The Native Plant Society and owner of Native Sanctuary, it demonstrates how drought tolerant natives work in a landscaped setting.
Both museums are open on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to Noon, and are staffed and maintained by volunteers from the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society. The garden is always available for viewing. Admission is free.