About Us

The second largest history museum in San Diego County, the Escondido History Center was founded as the Escondido Historical Society on February 3, 1956 and incorporated on June 28. In 1975, Heritage Walk was established, incorporating the barn, a windmill, wagon, and small blacksmith shop. In 1978, a Victorian house from Ivy St. was moved here, but it was lost to arson in 1979 and in 1980, the Hoffman House was donated to replace it.  In 2006, the name was changed to the Escondido History Center.

Collections include thousands of photographs, ephemera, artifacts, directories, and books related to Escondido and the surrounding area.  Exhibits in our five buildings and Pullman train car provide a view of history dating back hundreds of years in the Hidden Valley.


Robin Fox – Executive Director

Sharon Heck – Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

June Rady, President

Carol Rea, Vice President

Rod McLeod, Secretary

Robert Johnson, Treasurer

Kent Baker

Edith Hillebrecht

Tom Humphrey

Fred Miller

Victor Pestone

Jeff Johnson 

Chris Miller

Street address: 321 N. Broadway, Escondido

Mailing address: PO Box 263, Escondido, CA 92033

E-mail address: EHC@EscondidoHistory.org

Phone: 760-743-8207

Patron Members


Baker Electric

Bob Johnson

Judy Mitchell Leftwich

Fred & Suzanne Miller

Victor Pestone & Mari Porter

Paul & Neeltje Van Elderen


Kent & Shirley Baker

Tom D’Agosta & June Rady

Escondido Sunrise Rotary

Bob & Arlene Shuster


Baker Enterprises

Mark & Margie Baker

Norm & Sally Barnhard

CA Retired Teacher Div.63

Sid & Bobbie Colquitt

Matt & Jennifer Firmin

Greg & Jocasta Fridell

Katherine Fromm

Jeff & Cathy Johnson

Marti Kurschat

John Lockwood

Nancy Lyon

Masson & Associates, Inc.

Karen Nelson

Carol Rea

Ted  & Kathleen Scott

Jerry & Patty Smith

Ray Stonecipher

Todd & Beth Twedt

Robert & Nancy Walker

Robert & Jean Will


Dennis & Sharon Banister

Brant & Charlotte Bassett

Walt & Sandra Bates

Tom & Pam Boyer

Herman Branin

Peter Brueggeman

Jill Campbell

Orville Chapman

Tom & Sandy Cobb

Ruth Collings

Hal & Marcia Davis

Marion Eggertsen

Tom & Marilyn Escher

Edith Hillebrecht

Tom & Sue Humphrey

Warner Lusardi

Mary Marenda

Thomas & Maryanne Miller

Bill & Ethel Norman

Paul & Marlene Page

Betty Painter

Scott Peck CPA & Associates, AFC

Allene Robinson

Joe & Kay Serrano

Wayne & Sheila Stone

Robert Watrous

Jack & Sandra Weber

Kari Witman

Dave & Alta Woelke

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