Click here to download our discount ticket flyer.
Read All About It! Our 15th annual Cemetery Tour “Ripped
From the Headlines! Historic News in Early Orange County” comes
to Fairhaven Memorial Park on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
If you have never attended, you may be wondering: What in the
world is a cemetery tour? This event is an exciting and fun
glimpse into the past! Tour guides lead guests to the final
resting places of local historic figures, set in the beautiful
greenery of Fairhaven Memorial Park and Santa Ana Cemetery.
There, costumed actors (many from the award-winning Thespian
Club of Orange County High School of the Arts) play out scenes
from personal stories and interesting moments of Orange County
history. Small groups, a lovely outdoor setting, and close
access to the actors make the tour an entertaining outing for
the whole family. History and community displays, and sales of
related books and other goods, complete the tour.
This year join our costumed actors as they share stories that
made the news in Orange County, and sometimes the world. Listen
in on shady political dealings and heated accusations that
divide Southland communities—no, not the 2012 Presidential race,
but the 1889 formation of Orange County! Hear testimony of
gruesome murders that shock the quiet community of Tustin in
1898. Witness the devastation when hordes of grasshoppers darken
the skies of Santa Ana in 1871, devouring every farmer’s crop in
their path. Experience the 1933 Long Beach Quake, as newsmen
brave aftershocks to publish Extra editions of the Register.
Docents will guide visitors through scenes that played important
roles in the history of the county, culminating in a
presentation in Fairhaven’s beautiful 1916 mausoleum.
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. Tickets bought
the day of the event are $20
for adults, $16 for seniors and Members, and $14 for students
and children 10 and over. (Children 9 and under are free.)
Discounted advance sale tickets are available by using our
advanced ticket flyer and mailing in your order by October 13. (Click
here for a copy of the flyer.)
The unique “cemetery” tour has won a prestigious California
State Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. This is the
Society’s 15th annual Living History tour, with proceeds
benefiting the organization’s museum and educational programs.
The event is produced in partnership with local writers, and
actors from the Thespian Club at Orange County High School of
the Arts. The tour is co-sponsored by Fairhaven Memorial Park.
Reservations are recommended. More information can be obtained by calling (714)
547-9645 (leave a message). You can also email
Our historical cemetery tour is a proud winner of a
from the California State Office of Historic Preservation
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: