San Juan Capistrano Things to Do
Great Stone Church
The ruins, more commonly known as the Great Stone Church, is one of the most interesting sections of SJC Mission. The church was laid out as a cross shape with a bell tower that can be seen as far away as 10 miles and whose bells could be heard even further. This historical church lasted only six years as it was destroyed by a 7.0-magnitude in 1812. The earthquake also took the lives of fifty plus people who were buried in the old church cemetery.
San Juan Capistrano Mission
The San Juan Capistrano Mission is a breathtaking piece of history that should not be missed while visiting Orange County, CA. Seasonal events are offered in the summer, including concerts and gallery shows.
Mission San Juan Capistrano, the birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago. Today it is a monument to California’s multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. The Mission was originally built as a self-sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Indians and was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion.
Los Rios District
If you are looking to enjoy a country atmosphere, be sure to visit the Los Rios District. Proclaimed as the oldest neighborhood in California, Los Rios consists of farmland and, well- dirt. Don’t expect carefully lined streets, but be prepared to enjoy the tranquility and turn of the 20th century lifestyle. To add adventure, visit Los Rios by train.
The O’Neil Museum
The O’Neil Museum, also know as Garcia/Pryor residence and The San Juan Capistano Historical Society Headquarters., features a small but notorious Victorian home, which happens to be the first frame houses in San Juan built between 1870 and 1880. Stories of land grabbing, conspiracy, murder and ghosts surround this pretty little building increasing the excitement of visiting here.
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