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Founders' Park to be Dedicated on Saturday, July 23
ANAHEIM, CA - (July 18, 2011) - Founders’ Park will be dedicated at a special ceremony on Saturday, July 23, and the community is invited to attend this special event.  Founders’ Park, which sits on original Anaheim Colony property, will open with self-guided tours of the Woelke-Stoffel House, the Mother Colony House, and the expansive Moreton Bay Fig Tree, plus the newly added Carriage House, Pump House, windmill, orange grove and other amenities.  The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, with the dedication ceremony at 11 a.m.  Founders’ Park is located at 400 West St.  

“The dedication of Founders’ Park will be a great celebration,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.  “Founders’ Park will provide even greater opportunities for all our residents and guests to learn about the history of Anaheim.  The park is beautiful, and it will be a valuable asset to the entire community.”

In addition to the existing historical structures at Founders’ Park, the Carriage House will serve as a museum for historic artifacts and the Pump House as a facade for a restroom building.  A full-sized windmill, historically inspired gardens, a water pump, a sun dial, walkways and trails with interpretive panels, a permeable parking lot, and a citrus grove add to the visitor experience.

Each component of Founders’ Park celebrates Anaheim’s history.   Founders’ Park sits on approximately one acre of an original Anaheim vineyard lot.  The City of Anaheim was founded in 1857 as a viticulture society, but an unknown blight (now called Pierce’s Disease) wiped out the grape industry, and by the 1890s farmers replaced the vineyards with citrus groves. 

The Woelke-Stoffel House represents Anaheim’s citrus era.  One of the last Queen Anne houses in the City of Anaheim, it was built in 1894 for John Woelke.  In 1907 it was purchased by Peter Stoffel, Jr., who lived in the home with his family until 1948.  On June 21, 1949, John and Lera Mae Dwyer moved the house to its current location, and dedicated it as the Marie Horstmann Dwyer Pioneer Memorial historical site on July 16, 1950.  From 1953 until its sale to the City of Anaheim in September 2006, the house belonged to the Anaheim Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Mother Colony House, built in 1857 by George Hansen, is the oldest remaining wood-framed building in Orange County.  Saved in 1928 from demolition, the house was moved to property donated by Marie Horstmann Dwyer.  The Mother Colony House was dedicated on June 15, 1929 as Orange County’s first historical museum, and designated as California State Historical Landmark No. 201 in 1935.  In 1954 the City of Anaheim accepted the deed to the Mother Colony House and the historic site has since been administered under the Community Services Department.

For more information please visit www.anaheim.net.


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