Wintersburg Goldfish Farm

The Wintersburg Goldfish Farm and Mission

America’s 5th Most Endangered Historic Place in the U.S.

Historic Wintersburg contains stories of Japanese pioneers in Orange County, an historic goldfish and flower farm, and a pioneer community effort that founded one of the oldest Japanese missions in California.

The Wintersburg Mission is part of the unrecognized Japanese Mission Trail that began in the late 1880s in San Francisco and made its way down the Pacific coast to Wintersburg Village by 1904.  The pioneers who settled Orange County together survived drought, earthquakes, flood, World War I, Spanish Flu, and the giddy rush of people coming to Southern California, to the land of oranges and beautiful beaches. 

Historic Wintersburg is the story of all of us.

 

The grassroots effort to save the Winterburg Goldfish Farm and Mission worked, and in 2015 it was designated a National Treasure; the first in Orange County.  The National Trust stated:

[The designation of Historic Wintersburg as a National Treasure  is] “due to its significance as one of the last remaining Japanese-owned properties purchased before California’s anti-immigrant laws barred Japanese from land ownership in the early 20th century and for its connections to the region’s early agricultural history. The site also represents the injustice that thousands of Japanese American families faced, as the Furuta family and entire Wintersburg Church congregation—the majority American citizens—were forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II.”

 

The National Trust describes National Treasures as “beloved places range from one-room schoolhouses to inspiring monuments, from ancient sites to modern masterpieces—National Treasures that reflect our past while enriching our future. Today, thousands of these irreplaceable buildings, landscapes, and communities are endangered as never before.”

 

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