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You can actually smell the history of this place inside.

Any of us baby boomers who grew up in the OC remember the smell of grandma's house. Whether it was... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2017
Michael W
Lake Forest, California
A Hidden Gem

The Orange County Parks Department is doing a wonderful job of managing this historic property... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2017
Charles W
Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed November 10, 2017

Any of us baby boomers who grew up in the OC remember the smell of grandma's house. Whether it was in the orange groves like mine, or a small Jacaranda lined street in downtown Santa Ana, Grandma's house had that familiar musty odor that wasn't...More

1  Thank Michael W
Reviewed August 26, 2017

This historical site was definitely a "surprise." Located in a canyon in the bucolic hills adjacent to sprawling suburban developments, the site provides a welcome respite. You feel like you're in another world; in another time.The tour included with the fee takes you back to...More

2  Thank TheBrasilian
Reviewed August 8, 2017

First off you have to make a reservation to go here so check your schedule and plan ahead. It is a little bit of a drive off the main roadways off of Santiago Canyon, it is a pretty drive at times. I enjoyed this tour...More

1  Thank sandicat61
Reviewed August 1, 2017

The Orange County Parks Department is doing a wonderful job of managing this historic property. They are overseeing the restoration of the house and gardens. They provide an excellent tour. You must reserve the tour in advance. The tours are on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The...More

1  Thank Charles W
Reviewed March 23, 2017

This home is another early settlement in Lake Forest area. The grounds are well maintained and interesting to visit. Only 15 minutes from Heritage Park in Lake Forest. Would encourage to visit same day to grasp the rich history of south county.

1  Thank Kevin M
Reviewed February 19, 2017

The charming little compound gives a look at life in the early 1900's in SoCal pre-surfboard. if you are sightseeing with your family and have a day between Legoland and Disney, this is a very nice couple of hours to spend.

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Reviewed August 22, 2016

Not to be missed, tucked away is a very interesting location filled with charm and history. Wonderful setting picturesque great helpful staff good for individuals or group tours inside historic museum like tour of home outside grounds take an enjoyable walk Experience a beautiful memorable...More

2  Thank homeawayfromhome1
Reviewed July 14, 2016

We recently discovered a special place tucked away in live oak groves on the banks of Santiago Creek in the foothills of the Santa Ana mountains. The Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens are about 11 miles east of Lake Forest. This national historic landmark...More

3  Thank sandyp48
Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

First find Modjeska Fire Station or kids park turn down private road across creek and look to the left for the sign and turn into the parking lot. No trespassing sign is for further road past entrance. Walk on road to houses on the right....More

2  Thank Perkadventures
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Tours are by appointment only. HQ at Sorrano Historical Park in Lake Forest. Only one of two historical sites in Orange County (Nixon Library). The home is a secluded area of Mojeska Canyon. I am of Polish heritage, which made it doubly nice. Beautiful scenic...More

2  Thank Walter H
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Response from TheBrasilian | Reviewed this property |
I agree about Cooks Corner. There is really nothing else around for lunch. You could try researching restaurants in Rancho Santa Margarita, which is the city nearby. But otherwise there is nothing else close-by.