Greetings from Moulton Ranch!

We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

We will be opening new exhibits and sharing the history of Orange County's pioneers. We hope that you will be able to join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Aliso Viejo and the 30th anniversary of Laguna Hills. These cities were incorporated from the nearly 22,000 acres that encompassed the L. F. Moulton & Co. enterprise. We will add more content to our website to showcase these histories along with our other partners.
City of Aliso Viejo
The city of Aliso Viejo was incorporated on July 1, 2001.The Aliso Viejo Ranch is located at 100 Park Ave, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. The site has been under construction in 2020. We look forward to the site opening in 2021!

The site will feature hands-on community educational programs on sustainable farming operations and will provide an opportunity for onsite STEM, biological science, horticultural and urban educational classes and community programs, farm-to-table dinners and special events. It will showcase Orange County’s development – from its agricultural roots to becoming the world’s 45th largest economy – and highlights the agricultural history of the United States.

Follow the project development by visiting the Aliso Viejo Ranch webpage.

City of Laguna Hills
The city of Laguna Hills is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It was incorporated on March 5, 1991.

You can visit this site at 24035 El Toro Road, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. See their ongoing exhibitions with featured content on our Laguna Hills Civic Center​ webpage. We look forward to partnering with the Chamber of Commerce with forthcoming community events. 

From the Archive

Lewis Fenno Moulton with Baby Charlotte in a Wicker Stroller, circa 1910 (2017.05.05)

Happy Birthday month to Lewis Fenno Moulton, OC pioneer, who would be 167 this year! He was born on January 17, 1854 in Chicago, Illinois to John Tildon Moulton, his Harvard educated father, who was a lawyer and one of the first editors of the Chicago Tribune and mother Charlotte (Harding) Hiller Moulton of Maine. 

On January 21, 1910, Charlotte Gail Moulton was born to Lewis and Nellie as their first daughter. She was born at Clara Barton Hospital in Los Angeles. Nellie Gail Moulton was 31 years old and Lewis was 56 years old. 

Mr. Jean Pierre Daguerre and Mrs. Maria Eugenia (Jennie) Duguet Daguerre and their 4 children. L to R: Josephine (Jo), Domingo, Juanita (Juana) and Grace. The Daguerre family had 1/3 interest in Moulton Ranch. When the ranch was divided, the Daguerres family ended up with the southwest portion of the ranch.
January 31, 1852 - Maria Eugenia (Jennie) Duguet, her parents were Baptista and Elizabeth (Urisburu) Duguet. She was born in Bayonne, France. She would later marry Jean Pierre Daguerre on October 7, 1886.
The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill. Learn more about Julian, CA and its lush mining community from Scott Barnes' book titled Alice Genevieve Barnes: Gold Mines and Apple Pie.
The book cover features, "Martin Jacobs on the buckboard pulled by Dick (left) and Dan. Mildred rides on the seat; Alice is on fat Dick and Mary is riding skinny Dan near the Helvitia Mine ca 1912."

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