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At the top of the stairway is an Elderberry tree. The Tongva called this the “Tree of Music” because its branches and stems could be made into clapper sticks, flutes, and even whistles. In addition, its fruit added flavor to the Tongva diet and its flowers had medicinal properties. DIRECTIONS: From the top of the stairs, the road leads in several directions: to the left is the picnic area (currently closed); to the right are the historic adobe (currently closed), the orchard path to the backyard (where the tour route continues), the Visitor Center (open for curbside pickup), and the parking lots.

  • Elderberry Clapper Stick
  • Elderberry Bush at top of stairway
  • Elderberries