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A listing of some of the historic homes, buildings, sites and markers of Orange County.

Anaheim Fullerton
Lake Forest Modjeska Canyon
Newport Beach / Balboa
Placentia Santa Ana
San Juan Capistrano
Westminster Yorba Linda
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Ramon Peralta Adobe Historic Site

Ramon Peralta Adobe is one of the last remaining structure of the Peralta settlement in Santa Ana Canyon. This site was home to the pioneering families of Orange County in the mid 1800's.

6398 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
Anaheim 92807
(714) 973-3190

The Mother Colony House

Once the home of George Hansen, founder of Anaheim, the house is now the oldest museum in Orange County. Tours are given on Wednesday mornings by appointment only.

414 N. West St.,
(714) 765-1850

North Gate of the City of Anaheim

The original town site of Anaheim was surrounded by a living fence of willow trees to keep out livestock. This gate was one of four and allowed travel to and from the north. The gate no longer exists.

775 Anaheim Blvd at North St

Saint Michael's Episcopal Church

Built in 1876, in English-country style, the church originally was at Emily and Adele streets in Anaheim. It was moved in 1955 to its present location.

The church is still in use.
Image from:
Anaheim Public Library

311 W. South St.
(714) 535-4654

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George Crook Clark House (Heritage House) -

The house was built in 1894 by Clark, Fullertons' pioneer physician, and originally was located on Lemon Street. Clark paid $1,300 to build the two-story home and office. In 1972 the house was moved to Cal State Fullerton, where it was restored by students.

800 N. State College Blvd

Fox Theater

Built in 1925 during the silent film age, the Fox Theatre has always offered a unique entertainment experience - from its courtyard "lobby" to its lavish interior. The Theatre was once home to numerous premieres with stars such as Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Buster Keaton.

Located on the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Ave

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center

The Muckenthaler home was built in 1924 by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler atop a hill in Fullerton. The 18-room villa on 8.5 acres was donated to the city in 1965 by Harold Muckenthaler who wished to see his childhood home used as a cultural center for the public to enjoy. In 1999, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center villa was included on the National Register of Historic Places. 'The Muck' produces more than 100 performances, gallery exhibits and classes every year, and serves more than 30,000 people.

1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833

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Lake Forest

Heritage Hill Historical Park

This facility preserves some of the rich cultural heritage of Orange County through its village of four historical buildings which represent distinct eras in the early development of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro areas.

This site is open Wednesday through Sunday. Guided tours through the buildings are provided.

25151 Serrano Rd.
Lake Forest 92630
(949) 923-2230

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Modjeska Canyon

Arden - The Helena Modjeska Historic House And Gardens

Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains is the home of world renowned actress Madame Helena Modjeska. The grounds, beloved by her for their resemblance to the "Forest of Arden" in the Shakespearean play, As You Like It, are being restored to recapture the ambiance of her time. Arden is designated a National Historic Landmark.

29042 Modjeska Canyon Rd.
Modjeska Canyon, 92667
(949) 923-2230

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Newport Beach / Balboa

Rendezvous Ballroom Site (historical marker #35)

For 38 years, the sounds of dance music echoed from the block-long ballroom, which was destroyed by fire in 1966. The music and dancing have ended, but the memories linger on....

On Ocean Front between Palm & Washington Streets

Balboa Pavilion

This is one of California's last surviving examples of the great waterfront recreational pavilions from the turn of the century. Built in 1905 by the Newport Bay Investment Company, it played a prominent role in the development of Newport Beach as a seaside recreation area. In 1906, it became the southern terminus for the Pacific Electric Railway connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles. The railway's Red Cars connected the beach with Los Angeles in only one hour.

400 Main St

The Balboa Fun Zone

Was built on Abbott's Landing in 1936 where Mr. Abbott brought soil from the mainland and planted the Peninsula's first trees. At one time, the then miniature amusement park covered the entire block between Palm Street and Washington Street. The ferris wheel and the merry-go-round remain today,

Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach
600 E. Bay Ave

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Historic George Key Ranch

The beautifully landscaped grounds of this historic home hold a botanical garden and orange grove. Built in 1898, offers visitors a view of life in the early days of Orange County citrus farming. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

625 W. Bastanchury Road
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 973-3190

The A.S. Bradford House

The home of Albert Bradford was built in 1902 on his Tesoro Rancho. He was one of the founders of Placentia and organized Placentia National Bank and Bradford Packinghouse.

136 Palm Circle

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Santa Ana

Old Orange County Courthouse

Located in the heart of Santa Ana, this structure stood witness to all of the local governmental transactions and court proceedings that shaped the early history of Orange County.

The facility, recently restored, houses a museum and Orange County Archives.

211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
(714) 973-6605

The Kellogg House at Heritage Museum of Orange County

The Kellogg House was designed by Hiram Clay Kellogg and was built in 1898. The house is built in the Queen Anne Victorian style, but contains a variety of unique architectural elements derived from Kellogg's personal love of ships. The most unusual, perhaps, is the salvaged ship's mast that forms the vertical core of the house.

3101 West Harvard Street
(714) 540-0404

Episcopal Church of the Messiah

Santa Ana's oldest church in continuous use, completed in 1888.

614 Bush St

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San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano

The birthplace of Orange County, Mission San Juan Capistrano, was founded more than two centuries ago. Today it is a monument to Californias’ multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Europan heritage. Originally built as a self sufficient community by Spanish padres and Indians, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion.

Visitors will discover many areas of interest within the Mission walls. You can hear the tolling of century old bells and walk down its time worn paths. The serenity and peace amid the 10 _ acres of lush gardens and cool fountains, cloistered by old adobe walls, offers visitors seclusion from the sights and sounds of a busy world. Learn about the Serra Chapel, padres quarters, industrial area, soldiers barracks, and cemetery.

Camino Capistrano & Ortega Hwy.
(949) 234-1300

Montanez Adobe

(circa 1794). Listed on the National Historic Register, this adobe was the home of Dona Polonia Montanez. Religious services were held inside during a period when the mission was inoperative.

Open to the public.

31745 Los Rios St.

The O'Neill Museum-Pryor House

Built between 1870 and 1880 and originally located across the tracks behind the El Adobe de Capistano Restaurant. It was the home of Jose Dolores Garcia and later in 1903 to Albert Pryor family.

Now the offices of the SJC Historical Society, it is open to the public.

31831 Los Rios St.

The Blas Aguilar Adobe

In 1794, the Mission San Juan Capistrano built a number of adobes to house soldiers and the local Native Americans who worked at the mission. Don Blas Aguilar purchased two of these adobes in 1845, which he named "La Hacienda Aguilar."

The Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum is maintained and operated by the Blas Aguilar Adobe Foundation, a non- profit organization.

31806 El Camino Real

San Juan Capistrano Jail Cell

Built in 1896 to serve as a holding cell, the jail originally was located on the west side of Camino Capistrano at the Ortega Highway intersection. It was the scene of several jailbreaks and one hanging.

The jail is not open to the public, but is pointed out on the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society's walking tour.

31745 Los Rios Street, close the the train depot

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Blakey Historical Park and Museum

Anyone interested in the everyday life of Westminster residents in the 19th and early 20th century need look no further than the Blakey Historical Park and Museum. Exhibits include the McCoy-Hare House, which served as the community's first drugstore, built in 1874. The fully restored and furnished 1915 Warne farmhouse with its barn and windmill is another major attraction. The park is operated by the Westminster Historical Society. Special arrangements for guided tours are available.

8612 Westminster Blvd .
(714) 891-2597

Vietnam War Memorial

The Vietnam War Memorial Project was initiated by Westminster City Councilman Frank G. Fry in 1997. A committee was formed to select a sculptor/designer. Tuan Nguyen, a renowned sculptor/designer was unanimously chosen to sculpt the statue and design the immediate surroundings.

Sid Goldstein Freedom Park
14180 All American Way

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Yorba Linda

Historic Yorba Cemetery

Yorba Cemetery is the oldest privately established cemetery in Orange County and among the oldest in California.

Established by Bernardo Yorba in 1858, it is the resting place for many of the region's Hispanic pioneers.

Woodgate Park
(714) 973-3190

Susanna Bixby Bryant Ranch House and Museum

One of the last remaining examples of early California Ranch houses dating back to the 1800s. This building now serves as the site for the Yorba Linda Heritage Museum where visitors can glimpse some of Yorba Linda's unique heritage. Open Sunday: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

5700 Susanna Bryant Drive

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