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Jonathan Bailey House
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Bailey House, 2008
Location 13421 E. Camilla St.
Whittier, California
Built c. 1860
NRHP reference No. 77000304
Added to NRHP August 29, 1977

Formerly known as "The Old Ranch House", the Jonathan Bailey House is a historic site in Whittier, California. The Bailey House was built around 1868–1869 by Jacob Gerkens. In 1887, the house was occupied by Jonathan Bailey and his wife, Rebecca. It is the oldest remaining building in Whittier. The first "Friends" meetings in the area were held on the front porch of the Bailey House. In 1975, the Jonathan Bailey House was deeded to the city of Whittier and now operates as a museum by the Whittier Historical Society with maintenance by the City of Whittier Park Department with special help from volunteers. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Jonathan Bailey

Jonathan Bailey was born in Prince George County, Virginia, in 1819. When just a boy, the Bailey family relocated to Ohio along with many other Quaker families. As an adult, Jonathan Bailey married Rebecca Frazier, owned a successful mill, was a farmer, became a church and community leader, and at the age of 68, he and his wife moved to Whittier, California. The first permanent settlers and original native people of Whittier where actually the Tongva tribe. The Tongva (/ˈtɒŋvə/ tong-və) are Native Americans who inhabited the Los Angeles Basin and the Southern Channel Islands, an area covering approximately 4,000 square miles (10,000 km2).

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