Adobe Home Tour October 17, 2021 


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. 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. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.


Osuna Sideroom

Inside the Osuna Adobe

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A fountain in a garden area at the Richard House

Postponed Indefinitely

American Heritage Car Show


  We regret that our American Heritage Car Show has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-relate issues.   We hope to re-schedule the event in the near future; check back for updates.  The AHCS is open to all domestic and import pre-1974 vintage, classic, muscle, and hot rod cars.  $25 per car entry, free for spectators.  Produced by and benefitting the Escondido History Center. 

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. Postponed indefinitely due to COVID issues; check back for re-scheduling updates.

Movies in the Park - Canceled for the summer of 2020 - we plan to return this summer.  Enjoy a free family-appropriate movie on the lawn at Grape Day Park.  Refreshments available to purchase or bring your own.  Normally, held every summer, movies start at dusk.

Current Exhibits

  • Railroad Depot Office, Waiting Room, and Freight Room with extensive displays of Escondido history in the Santa Fe Depot open Saturdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • H-O model train in Pullman Train Car -temporarily closed

  • Blacksmithing and Wheelwright activity in the Bandy Blacksmith Shop on Tuesdays and Saturdays - limited and subject to change due to COVID-19. 

  • World War I/Spanish Flu Epidemic, Cassou Family, and photo displays in Research Center/Office that was once Escondido's first library.