Thank you to OC United for organizing Love Placentia . We appreciate all of the selfless volunteers that participated today.
The Placentia Founders Society strives to preserve the city's past by maintaining the historic Bradford House providing docent tours of living museum.
136 Palm Circle
Albert Sumner Bradford built his home in 1902 on what was then his Tesoro Ranch. A successful citrus rancher and general businessman, he is credited with founding Placentia in 1910. Instrumental in bringing the Santa Fe Railroad to the town, Bradford also organized the Placentia National Bank and Chamber of Commerce, arranged for the establishment of a water tank along the railway so that nearby homes and businesses would have access to water, and, together with Richard Melrose, laid out the town site. The Bradford House is a Colonial Revival structure, a derivative of Queen Anne styling. originally costing $8,000. With two stories, 15 rooms and a full basement, it is an excellent example of an elegant turn-of-the-century house furnished in the typical 1900-1920 style. A ruby glass window, coved ceilings, handcrafted hemlock staircase, pocket doors and a double fireplace separating the back parlor and the dining room enhance the first floor. The large kitchen boasts built-in, ceiling-high cupboards and a massive worktable with sugar and flour bins. Four of the seven upstairs bedrooms are open for viewing. In 1973, Mr. Bradford’s descendants gave the house and surrounding 1½ acres to the City of Placentia for the community’s use and enjoyment.
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The Placentia Founders Society enjoys keeping the Bradford House one of the best restored and maintained historical houses in Orange County. We strive to continue to host docents lead tours for hundreds of local schoolchildren annually as they learn the history of their hometown. For this reason we reach out to our members and community to participate in occasional fundraisers. We also the sponsor free chamber concerts and hosts several community events throughout the year including Local art exhibits, Love Placentia, Quarter Mania’s, The Placentia Chamber of Commerce’s December Mixer and Exclusive Holiday Party. The 2.5 acre estate includes a city park plus the historic home.