The goal of Vintage Orange is to connect the dots between Orange county's past and its present. Hopefully, this will encourage you to get out and explore the history that's right in your own backyard.
This week, I share some of my favorite spots to explore local history in North Orange County.
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Fullerton The Fender Exhibit at The Fullerton Museum
Santa Ana Fairhaven Memorial Park
Orange Old Towne Orange - Plaza CircleThe land that is now Orange was once part of the Rancho Santa Ana land grant owned by the Yorba family. In the mid 1860's, the Yorba's need help navigating the new U.S. court system so they hired two lawyers who specialized in property law. For their services, Andrew Glassell and Alfred Beck Chapman took land for partial payment.
Glassell and Chapman saved 18 lots within their surveyed tract to create a town center and named the place Richland. The name was eventually changed to Orange and the city was incorporated on April 6, 1888.
Today Orange is a lovely, quaint example of Orange County's early days. The town center is the Plaza Circle and its signature fountain. It's a great place to browse antique stores, enjoy good food, and sample craft beers, all within am historic setting.
The Orange Community Historical Society offers Historical Walking Tours of the Plaza District and surrounding areas of Old Towne Orange. Volunteer Docents share the story of Orange’s founding and the significance of some of its early residences, businesses, development, and downtown buildings.
Old Towne Walking Food Tours lets you stroll around the Plaza District and learn about its history as you sample foods from restaurants as you pass by.
Garden Grove Stanley Ranch Museum
Anaheim Founders Park - Mother Colony House
In 1857, a group of fifty German colonists, called the Vineyard Society, wanted to establish a town where they could grow grapes. They hired a Los Angeles surveyor, George Hansen, to find the land and create the townsite. Today, Hansen's early home and office still stands at Founder's Park and is known as The Mother Colony House, one of the first buildings constructed in Anaheim.
Dedicated on March 14, 1929, the Mother Colony House is the oldest museum in Orange County.
Next door to the Woelke-Stoffel House is a two-story Queen Anne built in 1894 during Anaheim's citrus era. You can also enjoy the shade from the massive heritage Moreton Bay Fig tree which was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Swiss Family Robinson Tree House attraction.
400 North West Street
Anaheim, CA 92805