Southern  California Day trips


Stanley Ranch Museum Garden Grove

Agnes Stanley donated the last two acres of her ranch to the Garden Grove Historical Society in 1970. Since then the Garden Grove Historical Society has been saving old historic buildings from destruction and moving them to the ranch.

This property is a look into the past of Garden Grove. Even though the ranch is now surrounded by development it doesn't take too much imagination to picture what the city looked like 100 years ago.

Nearby Stanley Ranch you can also find Garden Grove's Historic Main Street which consists of buildings that date back to 100 years ago. Just north of main street is the Grove Theater and Festival Amphitheater. Also in the same area is the Village Green, home of the annual Strawberry Festival.

Buildings at Stanley Ranch include the original Garden Grove fire station, the Stanley ranch house, water tank and general store, several Queen Ann cottages, barber shop and a 1932 garage,used by Walt Disney.

Allow about one hour to walk around the ranch and its historic 1880s buildings. Guided tours are offered and last about two hours. History buffs will enjoy learning about the early history of Garden Grove.

Ware-Stanley House Garden Grove
Ware-Stanley House Garden Grove

Garden Grove was founded by Alonzo Cook in 1874. A school district and Methodist church were organized that year. It remained a small rural crossroads until the arrival of the railroad in 1905.

The rail connection helped the town prosper with crops of orange, walnuts, chili peppers and later strawberries. In 1933, much of the town's central business district was destroyed by the Long Beach earthquake, and one person was killed.

The post-World War II boom led to rapid development, and Garden Grove was incorporated as a city in 1956 with about 44,000 residents.

By 1960, population had grown to 85,000; by 1970 it was 120,000. In the late 1970s and 1980s a significant Asian population (primarily Vietnamese and Korean) began to locate in the area.

In recent years, Harbor Boulevard has become a booming entertainment and tourism area, served by nine high-rise hotels.

Garden Grove Fire Station
Water Tank house
Stanley Ranch Wedding Area
Stanly Ranch Historic home
Historic Village
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Stanley Ranch museum is open to the public for tours at 1:30 p.m. the first and third Sunday of each month.

Suggested donation is five dollars for adults and one dollar for children. Special tours can be arranged during the week for eight or more. The ranch can also host
an old fashion wedding in the rose garden behind the main house.

Stanley Ranch is located at Stanley Ranch Museum, 12174 Euclid Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840. Telephone: 714/530-8871

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