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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

Board of Directors

June Rady, President

Kent Baker, Vice President

Rod McLeod, Secretary

Robert Johnson, Treasurer

Edith Hillebrecht

Tom Humphrey

Fred Miller

Chris Miller

Jeff Johnson 

Rich Thorpe 

Sheila Stone

Stephanie Glanz

Street address: 321 N. Broadway, Escondido

Mailing address: PO Box 263, Escondido, CA 92033

E-mail address:

Phone: 760-743-8207

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