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: EHC@EscondidoHistory.org

Phone: 760-743-8207


Patron Members


Bob Johnson

Judy Mitchell Leftwich

Fred & Suzanne Miller

Victor Pestone & Mari Porter

Tom Pressley

Paul & Neeltje Van Elderen


Tom D’Agosta & June Rady

Escondido Sunrise Rotary

Carter & Cathy Pease

Bob & Arlene Shuster

Thomas & Joanne Shapard

Robert & Nancy Walker


Mark & Margie Baker

Norm & Sally Barnhard

Tom & Pam Boyer

Darol & Linda Caster

CA Retired Teacher Div.63

Ruth Collings

Matt & Jennifer Firmin

Greg & Jane Fox

Greg & Jocasta Fridell

Edith Hillebrecht

John Lockwood

Nancy Lyon

Mary Marenda

Tom & Maryanne Miller.

Karen Nelson

Bill & Ethel Norman

Carol Rea

Roger Shappee

Jerry & Patty Smith

Ray Stonecipher

Beth Twedt

Kari Whitman


Dick Althouse

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Andersen

Dennis & Sharon Banister

Brant & Charlotte Bassett

Herman Branin

Bill Buskirk

Tom & Sandy Cobb

Sid & Bobbie Colquitt

Hal & Marcia Davis

Tom & Marilyn Escher

J & P Gunderson

Jane Gair-Herrick

Tom & Sue Humphrey

Coleen Kelley

Dick & Ann Lievers

Warner Lusardi

Rod McLeod

Paul & Marlene Page

Betty Painter

Stephen & Renee Pate

Wes & Sharyn Peet

Allene Robinson

James Thayer

Marie Tuck

Robert Watrous

Jack & Sandra Weber

Robert Watrous