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History Center News

Adobe Home Tour Tickets on Sale! 

  The 9th Annual San Diego Adobe Home Tour will explore the "Romance of the Rancho" with four beautiful adobe homes in Rancho Santa Fe and Escondido on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Ticket holders will have a rare opportunity to tour the interiors and grounds of the diverse properties, the earliest built in 1831 and restored under the guidance of Lillian Rice in 1924. Also on the tour, is a home built in 1926 by Louis M. Richard, geologist for the highly respected Gladding McBean Tile Company, a ranch house with a view over Lake Hodges and enchanting landscape.  

  This is a Home Tour not to be missed!   Tickets are on sale at the Escondido History Center or online - click here for more information.

Inside the Osuna Adobe

A fountain in a garden area at the Richard House

The Victorian House has Re-Opened! 

Fresh paint, new wallpaper, and added artifacts are ready to be seen during docent-led tours. We thank the Escondido Charitable Foundation for the generous funding that made the work possible.  Unfortunately, due to limited volunteers available, the house is open for limited hours only.  Please call to learn when.

22nd Annual American Heritage Car Show a Big Success!

Perfect weather helped make our 22nd Annual American Heritage Car Show a great success on May 25.  We thank our volunteers, including the Brothers of 6, for their long hours of hard work, Donna Davis for sponsoring the Pancake Breakfast, and the owners who brought more than 125 vehicles to display.  A great deal of gratitude goes to our sponsors:  Toyota of Escondido; Jack Powell Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge; Gosch Ford of Escondido; and Finishmaster, as well as the many who provided awesome raffle prizes.  And, of course we couldn't have had a better announcer than Cruisin' Grand founder, Steve Waldron! 

Annual Events

Adobe Home Tour - Homes in the Escondido area built with adobe blocks are opened to the public in the spring.  For more information, click here.

American Heritage Car Show - Some of the best classic and vintage cars from the Western United States assemble on the green at Grape Day Park.Held every Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday.

Movies in the Park - Enjoy a free family-appropriate movie on the lawn at Grape Day Park.  Refreshments available to purchase or bring your own.  Held every summer, movies start at dusk.

Current Exhibits

  • Railroad Depot Office and Waiting Room in Santa Fe Depot

  • H-O model train in Pullman Train Car

  • Blacksmithing and Wheelwright activity in the Bandy Blacksmith Shop on Tuesdays and Saturdays. 

  • Victorian House furnished as it would have been just after the turn of the 20th century.

  • The Main Office and Research Center is currently undergoing renovation, but photographs and research can still be accessed.