We had a great time taking in the sights of Old Towne during our walking tour on June 17th. Using information provided by the Orange Historical Society, our self-guided tour set out from the Grand Street Center past historic Craftsman and Victorian residences. Taking a turn down Palm, we admired the classic architecture of Chapman University before heading south on Glassell toward “the circle”. Along the way, we looked up at cornices with human faces and lions, examined exterior walls still bearing early 20th signage and appreciated the history of the many theaters that made Old Towne the entertainment center of the 1890s.
It was beautiful weather and we chatted in small groups as we made our way south, past the historic Sunkist Fruit Exchange, and finally arriving at Avila’s Ranchito, once the home of a Victorian styled church. Under the glow of the stained-glassed windows, we sipped cold margaritas and enjoyed a meal and great company.
We’ll do this again!