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Santa Ana Historical's
18th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour

Held Saturday, October 24, 2015








This Year's Award-Winning Cemetery Tour Looked at
History of Transportation in Early Orange County


Our 18th annual historic cemetery tour explored the history of travel to—and in—Orange County, from horses, wagons and carriages, to planes, trains and automobiles. Guests met pioneers who made the long journey west by wagon train and sailing ship, Civil War veterans who packed their worldly possessions in train cars, and commuters traveling by bicycle, Model T, and the Red Car line. Tour guides led 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 played out scenes from Orange County history.

Our annual historic cemetery tour 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.

The unique “cemetery” tour has won a prestigious California State Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. This is the Society’s 18th 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.


If you are interested in advanced-sale tickets for next year, please email and let us know if you would like the advance information by email or by postal mail.  (Include your name/address if you would like us to mail you a paper copy.)

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:


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