The 19th-century museum in Huntington Beach
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Newland House is a farmhouse in Huntington Beach, California. It has a Queen Anne architecture style. Initially built in 1898, it is the 9th historic place to receive a historic standing by the Orange County Historical Commission, the total being 123.
The Museum is right next to Beach Boulevard and is maintained by the Huntington Beach Historical Society. In 1985 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. What’s special about this house is that it was one of the very firsts homes to be constructed out here near the beach. Even the gravel used in cementing was taken from the very Beach itself.
Since it’s been standing for so long, community efforts to preserve the house started as early as the 1960s, since the last owner died in 1952. In the early 70s, Signal Landmark Homes gave away the house and the nearby area to Surf City. In 1978, The Beach House was first opened to the public for visiting. And in 1983, preservation work started on the Museum.
If you are a history geek, and historical places and museums speak to you, this is definitely a must-go-to place if you’re visiting nearby areas of the Beach. The white pillars and Queen Anne-style turret is bound to take you a step back in the century.
The Newland House
The Museum truly gives a glimpse into the historical site of the surf city. It’s a great place to visit with your family or friends. Maybe take your grandma out one day, old people love to visit places that remind them of their childhood. It’s a great way to connect with your loved ones all the while learning a bit about the history of the magnificent Beach.
The Newland house initially belonged to William and Mary Newland, who were one of the very first settlers on the Beach. They’ve lived here for almost 70 years and raised a family of 10. And if you visit inside, you’d feel as if you have walked into a 19th century time capsule. Everything is as it was. There was a large barn at the left of the house, however, that has been replaced by the parking lot.
“Civil War Days”
The museum is open during the daytime from 12 pm to 4 pm. There is a small fee to enter, 2 dollars for adults and 1 dollar for kids. However, it is not open every day, it’s only open during the first and the third weekends of the month, so book your appointments accordingly. You really don’t want to miss out on this spectacular place. Not only will you be enjoying yourself, but you’ll also be keeping history alive by visiting places that have been left behind. Other than that, there are various small events that take place here at the Museum, such as the “Civil War Days”. There are other reenactments too such as Artillery and Sword Demonstrations, and other educational demonstrations about war history and revolutions.
Get on I-405 S in Fountain Valley from Beach Blvd and Ellis Ave
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