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A Hot Time in Old
Orange County Tonight;
Santa Ana’s Firefighting History”

Santa Ana Historical's
17th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour


Saturday, October 25, 2014






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 department.

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 walking tour.

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:


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