Preserving our History
The Irvine Historical Society has been working to preserve the rich heritage of the Irvine Ranch since 1976. From the very beginning, The Irvine Ranch Water District has been an invaluable partner in this effort. Some of the original structures from Irvine’s agricultural past have been saved due to the diligence and restoration efforts of the IRWD.
One of the first refurbishment projects was an old ranch windmill which was slated to be razed to make way for a freeway project. The windmill now sits at the entrance to the Michelson Water Recycling Plant.
Historic Ranch Homes:
IRWD restored and relocated three historic farm homes from the community to the San Joaquin Marsh Campus. These homes were built on the old Irvine Ranch in the early 1900’s and were scheduled for demolition. One of these historial homes was the first home in Orange County to have running water. Another historical farmhouse was moved to Rattlesnake Reservoir to serve as the reservoir caretaker home.
The Duck Club:
The quaint and historic IRWD Duck Club was originally home to two duck hunting clubs in Irvine – the Ricker-McHone and Old San Joaquin Duck Clubs – which operated until 1988 under permits from the Department of Fish and Game. Since this time, duck hunting is no longer permitted and IRWD has restored and expanded this historic building which today is available for public use.
Help us celebrate this longstanding partnership and salute the preservation efforts of the Irvine Ranch Water District at our Evening on the Ranch Event, on Sunday, October 29th at the historic Duck Club.
Our program, “Water on the Irvine Ranch; Past Present and Future,” will show how this precious resource has shaped local history and how it still is a key influence in the city of Irvine today. Once again this year we will enjoy a catered cowboy BBQ from The Ranch Hands. Don’t miss this special celebration. Visit our website page to reserve your tickets today!