Placentia Founders Society and the Bradford House

Placentia Founders Society and the Bradford House The Placentia Founders Society strives to preserve the city's past by maintaining the historic Bradford House providing docent tours of living museum.

The Placentia Founders Society was established in 1974 with the primary mission of preserving and maintaining Placentia’s historic Bradford House. Built in 1902, the house serves as a link to Placentia’s past and provides a glimpse into the lives of the pioneering families that first settled this Northern Orange County area and built a thriving citrus industry. Now a living museum, the Founders Society hosts monthly docent-led tours of the home.

The Placentia Founders Society was established in 1974 with the primary mission of preserving and maintaining Placentia’s historic Bradford House. Built in 1902, the house serves as a link to Placentia’s past and provides a glimpse into the lives of the pioneering families that first settled this Northern Orange County area and built a thriving citrus industry. Now a living museum, the Founders Society hosts monthly docent-led tours of the home.

Operating as usual

Thank you to OC United for organizing Love Placentia . We appreciate all of the selfless volunteers that participated to...
04/25/2021

Thank you to OC United for organizing Love Placentia . We appreciate all of the selfless volunteers that participated today.

Look Spring has sprung!!  If you planted your Bradford House seeds, look how pretty they are growing
04/13/2021

Look Spring has sprung!! If you planted your Bradford House seeds, look how pretty they are growing

Look Spring has sprung!! If you planted your Bradford House seeds, look how pretty they are growing

Hey All Members - be sure to plant your ornaments from the holidays, so you can have some beautuful spring flowers.  Her...
02/14/2021

Hey All Members - be sure to plant your ornaments from the holidays, so you can have some beautuful spring flowers. Here's little sprouts from one of our members plantings that are already coming up.

Merry Christmas from the Bradford House! Here's a little throwback to Christmases of the past.  Happy Holidays everyone!...
12/24/2020

Merry Christmas from the Bradford House! Here's a little throwback to Christmases of the past. Happy Holidays everyone!!

Hey Everyone - if you still need a place for a holiday picture, the Bradford House porch is all decorated and ready for ...
12/04/2020

Hey Everyone - if you still need a place for a holiday picture, the Bradford House porch is all decorated and ready for you. Please be respectful of the tenants who live there, and please be sure to social distance. Happy Holidays from the Placentia Founders Society!

Wonderful
11/29/2020

Wonderful

Trying to keep up our tradition safely at @ The Bradford House! We are in process of decorating the exterior of the house so that our community and members may stop by and take pictures with the Christmas decorations. Final touches will be added on Sunday evening.

Trying to keep up our tradition safely at @ The Bradford House! We are in process of decorating the exterior of the hous...
11/28/2020

Trying to keep up our tradition safely at @ The Bradford House! We are in process of decorating the exterior of the house so that our community and members may stop by and take pictures with the Christmas decorations. Final touches will be added on Sunday evening.

Thank you Matt From and Jessica Fewer from Fewer Fires - Fire Extinguisher Sales and Service for keeping us up to date w...
09/16/2020

Thank you Matt From and Jessica Fewer from Fewer Fires - Fire Extinguisher Sales and Service for keeping us up to date with our fire extinguishers @ The Bradford House.

Greetings friends! Our Placentia Founder Society’s Board has our 1st Successful Zoom meeting on July 21st. We are workin...
07/22/2020

Greetings friends! Our Placentia Founder Society’s Board has our 1st Successful Zoom meeting on July 21st. We are working together on ways to safely reopen The Bradford House for tours and events once The Governor announces it is time. Meanwhile we are also in the midst of bringing some virtual tours to you in the near future. Stay tuned for more info. Take good care. 🌻

06/30/2020

Placentia Founders Society Annual Meeting and Induction to new Board.

A big Thank You to everyone that made it out to our Dine in Fundraiser Meat UP BBQ . It’s always fun to enjoy delicious ...
03/05/2020

A big Thank You to everyone that made it out to our Dine in Fundraiser Meat UP BBQ . It’s always fun to enjoy delicious food with great company and supporting Bradford House .

Pre Sale Tickets still available for our Quartermania Event happening this Sunday January 19th. You get an extra raffle ...
01/17/2020

Pre Sale Tickets still available for our Quartermania Event happening this Sunday January 19th. You get an extra raffle ticket for a chance to win great wine baskets! Contact Tina Maraj for more info at 714-403-7901.

Bradford House Concert Series 2020 Avanti Ensemble To Open Bradford House Concert Series Jan. 5
12/31/2019

Bradford House Concert Series 2020

Avanti Ensemble To Open Bradford House Concert Series Jan. 5

Board of Directors Holiday Lunch and  New Year Event Planning Meeting.
12/19/2019

Board of Directors Holiday Lunch and New Year Event Planning Meeting.

The 2019 Bradford House Annual Holiday Party was a Big Hit! Everyone had a great time enjoying delicious food and bevera...
12/11/2019

The 2019 Bradford House Annual Holiday Party was a Big Hit! Everyone had a great time enjoying delicious food and beverages, and a surprise visit from Santa Claus topped off the evening!

The Bradford House is decorated for Christmas and ready for our 2 upcoming Holiday Parties. The Placentia Founders Socie...
12/05/2019

The Bradford House is decorated for Christmas and ready for our 2 upcoming Holiday Parties. The Placentia Founders Society is hosting The a Placentia Chamber of Commerce’s Sunset Social Thursday December 5th and our Annual Member Holiday Party is this weekend! Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season Friends!

Thanks to all who came out to our Dine-In Fundraiser at Craftsman Wood Fired Pizza last night! Everyone had a great time...
10/31/2019

Thanks to all who came out to our Dine-In Fundraiser at Craftsman Wood Fired Pizza last night! Everyone had a great time, enjoyed good food, and raised money for The Bradford House!

Don’t miss our October Dine-In Fundraiser this Wednesday, October 30th at Craftsman Wood Fired Pizza! Good times, great ...
10/29/2019
Don’t Miss Our Dine-In Fundraiser 10/30!

Don’t miss our October Dine-In Fundraiser this Wednesday, October 30th at Craftsman Wood Fired Pizza! Good times, great food, and 20% of your check goes to funding educational programs and tours! See you there!

Click the box below for the full details

It was a beautiful day for a Parade! Special Thanks to Omar for driving our newest Board Member Stephanie Dolan and Rand...
10/13/2019

It was a beautiful day for a Parade! Special Thanks to Omar for driving our newest Board Member Stephanie Dolan and Randy Tovar, member and Ambassador from @The Placentia Chamber Of Commerce in The 55th Heritage Day Parade. The Placentia Founders also hosted a booth with information on @The Bradford House and a Victorian Photo selfie opportunity. It was a lovely day seeing many Placentia area friends at Tri City Park. Until Next Year!

Thank you Matt and Jessica Fewer from Fewer Fires for servicing the fire extinguishers at The Bradford House. See you ne...
09/20/2019

Thank you Matt and Jessica Fewer from Fewer Fires for servicing the fire extinguishers at The Bradford House. See you next year!

Attention Placentia Founders Society Members and Incoming Members for 2019...Don’t forget that our Annual Meeting with G...
06/14/2019

Attention Placentia Founders Society Members and Incoming Members for 2019...Don’t forget that our Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker Ward Smith is this evening at 7pm. Please come to help us honor our Docents, Welcome in our New Board, learn about The Future of Placentia and help us eat this cake with Rich Farm Ice Cream CA

A Big THANK YOU to everyone that came out this evening to raise funds for The Bradford House student tours.
05/16/2019

A Big THANK YOU to everyone that came out this evening to raise funds for The Bradford House student tours.

05/04/2019

Good Morning Friends, It’s not too late to participate in Love Placentia. We need a little extra help at The Bradford House. We have extra waivers if you want to come directly to us. If you want breakfast and a Love Placentia shirt go to The rally at El Dororado High School starting at 8 am! Text or Call Tina for more details 7144037901.

Its no too late to sign up for Love Placentia!There are spots available to beautify The Bradford House Click on the link...
04/28/2019

Its no too late to sign up for Love Placentia!
There are spots available to beautify The Bradford House
Click on the link below.
https://www.loveplacentia.com/

Enjoying the evening with local business owners and city officials including Placentia City Manager Damien Arrula.  Cong...
01/25/2019

Enjoying the evening with local business owners and city officials including Placentia City Manager Damien Arrula. Congratulations to The Placentia Women's Round Table for being named Non Profit of the Year. A big THANK YOU to everyone that voted for The Placentia Founders Society.

Hello PFS Members,We have been nominated for Non-Profit of the Year!Please take a few minutes and cast your vote today! ...
01/19/2019

Hello PFS Members,
We have been nominated for Non-Profit of the Year!
Please take a few minutes and cast your vote today! Deadline for voting is January 21st.

https://www.placentiachamber.com/excellence-in-placentia/

The Placentia Founders Society is in category 6.

Anyone can vote!

PFS Board Luncheon.  Happy Holidays Friends!
12/19/2018

PFS Board Luncheon. Happy Holidays Friends!

Hello PFS Members! Looking forward to seeing you for our Annual Holiday Party thos weekend.   We will also be hosting Th...
11/30/2018

Hello PFS Members! Looking forward to seeing you for our Annual Holiday Party thos weekend. We will also be hosting The Placentia Chamber of Commerce Sunset Mixer this Thursday. If you have not RSVP'D yet or if you jave any questions please contact VP Tina Maraj 714-403-7901.

Hi Friends,  Please stop by our booth at The Placentia Heritage Day Festival where we will be hosting a photo booth with...
10/13/2018

Hi Friends, Please stop by our booth at The Placentia Heritage Day Festival where we will be hosting a photo booth with Victorian Theme.

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136 Palm Circle
Placentia, CA
92870

General information

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.

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Are we allowed to do a private informal picnic on the grounds?
Thanks for allowing us to use your lovely illustration of the Bradford House: https://www.preserveorangecounty.org/places/2018/6/26/the-bradford-house