Time in Old
Orange County Tonight;
Santa Ana’s Firefighting History”
17th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour
This Year's Award-Winning Cemetery Tour Looks at
the Local Firefighters of Early Orange County
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Our 17th annual tour celebrates the proud heritage of local
firefighters, from the earliest volunteers of the 1800s to the
20th century’s skilled professionals. Tour guides lead guests to
the final resting places of historic local figures, set in the
beautiful greenery of Fairhaven Memorial Park and Santa Ana
Cemetery, where costumed actors play out scenes from Orange
County history. You’ll hear the story of Deck and Dan, heroic
local fire horses lost in WWI, meet family members who
reluctantly share Papa’s volunteer firefighter duties, and learn
what was behind the 1885 resignation of the entire fire
This event is an exciting and fun glimpse into the past! Small
groups, a lovely outdoor setting, and close access to the actors
make the tour an entertaining outing for the whole family.
Comfortable shoes are recommended for the hour-and-a-half long
The event is presented by the Santa Ana Historical Preservation
Society and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairhaven
Memorial Park, 1702 Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana.
The unique “cemetery” tour has won a prestigious California
State Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. This is the
Society’s 17th annual Living History tour, with proceeds
benefiting the organization’s educational programs and two
museums, The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum,
and the Santa Ana Fire Museum. The event is produced in
partnership with local writers, and actors from the Thespian
Club at Orange County School of the Arts. The tour is
co-sponsored by Fairhaven Memorial Park.
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Click here to see a wonderful illustration by OC Register artist
Sharon Henry about our tour.
Click here to see a video of our 2009 tour on YouTube.
Click here to see
a 3 minute video explaining about our historic cemetery tour and
how we make history fun!
Click here to see several
videos regarding past cemetery tours
Photos from Previous Tours: