San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano is Orange County's oldest community. It's the birthplace of Orange County and home to its oldest traditions. It has its swallows, history, legends, storybook heroes, and beautiful archeological monuments. Most of that history is wrapped up and epitomized by our living historic landmarks, the most beautiful and best known of the California missions, old Mission San Juan Capistrano-our mission! It belongs to all of us. It's our inheritance.
Certainly, some would rather be in Philadelphia with its Liberty Bell, thinking of Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, and others signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But at the same time, Padre Junipero Serra was founding our mission at San Juan Capistrano on the sunny side of our American continent.