Winter is the perfect season to discover historic homes in Orange County. Why not explore historic homes as a low-cost (and sometimes free) holiday activity? Here are several suggestions of historic homes in Orange County to visit.
Historic George Key Ranch is a historic home, garden, museum, and orange grove located in Placentia, CA. Tours can be reserved Tuesday through Friday by calling (714) 973-3191. Built in 1898, the George Key Home is part of the 2.2 acre site that also contains a ¾ acre garden and one acre orange grove. Free tours are available by reservation at 2 PM on the first Saturday of each month. You can visit the George Key Ranch website.
The Kellogg House in Santa Ana, CA is a historic home that was also built in 1898. This house is an example of Queen Anne-style Victorian architecture and displays Kellogg’s avid interest in ships by a mast in the center of the home stretching from floor to ceiling. Public tours are available on Fridays from 1 – 5 PM and Sundays from 11 AM – 3 PM at a cost of $5 for adults and $4 for children. Santa Ana residents receive free admission the first Sunday of each month. Visit the Heritage Museum website for more info
The San Juan Capistrano Historical Society gives walking tours of the historic town of San Juan Capistrano, CA. This tour includes walking by historic adobes as well as the Pryor House Victorian home built between 1870 and 1880. The Pryor House is the Historical Society’s headquarters and is now known as the O’Neill Museum. A $2 donation for adults and a $1 donation for children are accepted for the tour. These tours are every Sunday at 1 PM and are 1.5 hours long. For more walking tour information visit their website
The Dr. Howe-Waffle House located in Santa Ana, CA was built in 1889. It is a Queen Anne-style Victorian home. The Dr. Howe-Waffle House is open for tours the first Saturday of every even month from 12 PM until 4 PM at a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for students. Visit the Howe-Waffle House website
The Stanley House was built as a two-story Victorian-style farmhouse in 1892. Just next door is a strawberry patch. The Stanley House is located in Garden Grove, CA. There are other homes on site dating from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Call the Garden Grove Historical Society to arrange a tour at (714) 530-8871. For more information, visit their website.
The Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens was the home of Helena Modjeska, world-renowned Shakespearean actress, from 1888 until 1906. It is an adorable white cottage located in Lake Forest, CA. Docent led tours are available four times a month by reservation and cost $5 per person. Call (949) 923-2230 to make a tour reservation. For more information on the Modjeska Home and Gardens, visit their site.
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Article written by our contributing writer: Tabitha Jean Naylor