Learn more about local history near your coastal Orange County home by visiting the Murphy Smith Bungalow. The bungalow is home to the Laguna Beach Historical Society and there are volunteer docents ready to show visitors around to learn more about Laguna Beach history. The Murphy Smith Bungalow is located at 278 Ocean Avenue in Laguna Beach and is open most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Coastal Orange County Home Is Almost the Last One on Ocean Avenue
This house was built in 1923 as a home for the Murphy family. It is historically significant because it is one of the only old residential homes that remains in downtown proper. Many people do not know that most of Ocean Avenue was actually residential until the 1950’s. The area has grown and changed much over the years. The house was used for residential purposes until 1991.
The architectural style of the bungalow is typical of the time period and the building has been well preserved. The home includes a cellar that may have been used to store bootleg liquor if rumor is true. Take a look at a wide variety of Laguna Beach memorabilia on display and also enjoy the decorations that would be typical of a beach bungalow in the 1920’s through the 1950’s. Maybe the style will inspire a theme for your own coastal Orange County home.
It is free to visit the bungalow, but donations are gladly accepted. Memberships are also available to help support this organization. History enthusiasts who enjoy coastal Orange County living can also consider volunteering as a docent. Donations of photographs, written documents, or other memorabilia from Laguna Beach are also accepted and appreciated. Keep an eye out for upcoming events and historical programs. Sign up for the newsletter and also find links to historical information at the Laguna Beach Historical Society website.