Anaheim has a rich and fascinating history, though the city’s historic sites aren’t usually the big tourist draws. Founder’s Park, located at 400 N. West Street, is home to a trio of old buildings that tell the unique story of Anaheim’s roots. The oldest home in Orange County, the Woelke-Stoffel House, is right beside the charming Carriage House. In December, the Christmas themes of the homes really shine and it’s the best season to visit.
Take a photo by the Grand Moreton Bay Fig Tree out front, planted in 1876 and serving as a beautiful landmark. On-site museum docents are decked out in Victorian costumes and are well-versed in the architecture of the home, history of Anaheim and culture of the era. Learn about the citrus heyday of Anaheim, local agriculture and discover a treasure in Anaheim’s back yard.
Travel Through Time
It doesn’t take long to tour all three buildings on site, which makes Founder’s Park the perfect miniature stop. However, keep in mind that not all areas are completely accessible to those with mobility challenges. Still, the grounds are gorgeous and well worth a visit. The best time to visit is the first two Saturday mornings in December when the grounds are decorated to the nines.
You’ll find Founder’s Park at Lincoln and West Street in the middle of Anaheim. Free open house admission is held the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. – noon.