Quarterly meetings of the Society and a pot luck dinner are held on the 4th Tuesday of January, April, July and October in the main auditorium of the Community Clubhouse. Interesting speakers give talks related to Fair Oaks history or current events. All are invited. Click Here for a map to the location.

The Fair Oaks History Center at 10340 Fair Oaks Blvd. (next door to the Sunflower Drive-in) is open from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. We hope you'll visit us and see the new exhibits.

Welcome to the

Fair Oaks Historical Society

& History Center

Preserving the history
and heritage of Fair Oaks, California

Founded in 1975

Our History

The Fair Oaks Historical Society was formed in 1975 to preserve the history and heritage of Fair Oaks. The Historical Society conducts research, records oral histories, has published a booklet: The Early Years of Fair Oaks, and has reproduced a 1900 map of Fair Oaks. Located at 10340 Fair Oaks Blvd., our History Center was established as a repository and museum of Fair Oaks artifacts.

Fair Oaks History

Fair Oaks was part of the original 1844 Mexican Land Grant, Rancho San Juan. This land grant also encompassed much of the adjacent communities, giving this larger area a common heritage.

The area we now know as Fair Oaks was first developed in 1895 as a Sunset Colony of the Howard and Wilson Publishing Company of Chicago. The early colonists, many with academic educations or agricultural experience, applied their skills, energies and capital to the development of the new town while enjoying this beautiful new territory .

For a more extensive history of Fair Oaks, see "The History of Fair Oaks", by Steve Abbott.

Our Mission

The Fair Oaks Historical Society and History Center is dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting the historical record of Fair Oaks and its inhabitants.

To accomplish this mission the Fair Oaks History Center will:

  • Promote awareness of Fair Oaks history through interpretive exhibits of Fair Oaks, from its earliest residents to its subsequent settlement and growth.
  • Collect artifacts and materials relating to Fair Oaks.
  • Serve as a repository of research and artifacts for the Fair Oaks area.
  • Encourage the association of people with a common interest in our history.

Fair Oaks Historial Information:





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and we'll make sure your comment or inquiry gets to the right person in our Society, or snail-mail to:

Fair Oaks Historical Society
P.O. Box 2044
Fair Oaks, CA 95628