Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation's mission is "Preserving and promoting the architecture, culture, and history of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter"
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06/19/2020
Favorite Gaslamp buildings from our Volunteers- 3

There are so many unique buildings in AND around the Gaslamp Quarter with stories that weave together the history of one of San Diego's historic neighborhoods. In this video, our Historian and Lead Tour Guide Sandee tells us a little bit about her favorite building the Manila Cafe. Do you have a favorite building in the Gaslamp Quarter?

In this video our Historian and Lead Tour Guide Sandee tells us why she loves the Manila Cafe building in the Gaslamp Quarter.

06/17/2020
Victorian Snippets- Episode 4

Episode 4 of “Victorian Snippets” is on YouTube. In this episode Sandee talks about popular makeup and “me time” items from the Victorian Era.

In this episode, GQHF Historian Sandee talks about popular makeup and "me time" items from the Victorian Era.

6 Fascinating African-American Women Writers of the 19th Century
06/06/2020
6 Fascinating African-American Women Writers of the 19th Century

6 Fascinating African-American Women Writers of the 19th Century

Here are six fascinating 19th-century African-American women writers whose talent and daring are ripe for rediscovery: Hannah Bond, Julia C. Collins, Frances Watkins Harper, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, & Harriet E. Wilson.

Books For Diversity
06/04/2020

Books For Diversity

Sharing more, because inclusive books are urgently needed on our shelves. Books with Black voices and protagonists. Books that are anti-racist. Please scroll down in our feed to find the original post for each book to read a description of it.

Please consider buying these books, finding others, donating them to your local classrooms, preschools, schools and libraries. Give them to your neighbors and friends and please support your local and nationwide nonprofits who work so hard to get books into every child’s hands.

#amplifymelanatedvoices

We hear you, we stand with you, and serve to amplify the voices of change.
06/03/2020

We hear you, we stand with you, and serve to amplify the voices of change.

We love our neighborhood and all of the historic buildings ❤️
05/30/2020

We love our neighborhood and all of the historic buildings ❤️

05/28/2020
Favorite Gaslamp buildings from our Volunteers- 2

What is your favorite historic building in the Gaslamp Quarter? In this video, our volunteer tour guide Imozelle tells us why her favorite is the Old City Hall.
We love our volunteers ! They are the life blood of our non-profit museum!

Our wonderful volunteers are the life blood of our non-profit organization. They help us in many ways at the museum including leading guided tours of the his...

05/28/2020
Favorite Gaslamp buildings from our Volunteers- 1

On Thursdays one of our volunteer tour guides normally leads a walk of the historic Gaslamp Quarter. In this video, Daire tells us a little bit about her favorite historic building in the Gaslamp Quarter: the Horton Grand Hotel.

Volunteers are the life blood of our non-profit museum. They help us in so many ways and we don’t know what we would do without them!

Our wonderful volunteers are the life blood of our non-profit organization. They help us in many ways at the museum including leading guided tours of the his...

A closer look at our sewing pantry. Needlework was more than just a pastime during the Victorian Era. For upper classes,...
05/27/2020

A closer look at our sewing pantry. Needlework was more than just a pastime during the Victorian Era. For upper classes, fancy needlework such as embroidery and crocheting were seen as an accomplishment especially in marriageable women. For the lower classes, sewing was seen as a valuable skill with which women could support themselves independently. Click the photos to see what each artifact is!

05/26/2020
Victorian Snippets- How to make a Cherry Pie Episode 3

Want to impress Billy Boy? Well you need to know how to make a Cherry Pie! The latest episode of Victorian Snippets with Historian Sandee Wilhoit is up! In this video Sandee takes us through the steps of making a pie during the late 19th century.

Want to impress Billy Boy? Well you need to know how to make a Cherry Pie! In this video our Historian Sandee takes us through the steps of making a pie duri...

Victorian-Style Social Distancing
05/20/2020

Victorian-Style Social Distancing

05/19/2020
Victorian Snippets Episode 2

In this snippet our Historian takes you on a mini tour of a kitchen in the early 19th century. Today, most of us are fortunate to have access to a plethora of dining options. Back then, they weren't so lucky! We take many conviniences like inexpensive salt and ground beef for granted. This video will also feature photos of "modern conveniences" found in the Davis-Horton House kitchen!

This perfect photo was taken by our wonderful friends at The Cat Cafe as they walked by our beloved Davis-Horton House! ...
05/19/2020

This perfect photo was taken by our wonderful friends at The Cat Cafe as they walked by our beloved Davis-Horton House! They have been so great in helping us care for the cats and the grounds. We miss this gorgeous kitty and we miss all of you! We look forward to seeing everyone when it’s safe to open!

A photo of the House during the restoration in the late 1970s. Can you guess which room this is? Hint: The door you see ...
05/15/2020

A photo of the House during the restoration in the late 1970s. Can you guess which room this is? Hint: The door you see in this photo now leads to a sewing pantry.

Can you name this building? It is one of the loveliest buildings in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. When it was built in 1...
05/14/2020

Can you name this building? It is one of the loveliest buildings in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. When it was built in 1887 it was said it would “add much to the appearance of that part of the city.” It operated as a fine lodging place on the upper levels with the street level housing several small shops. Which building is it?
https://sandiegodowntownnews.com/from-hotel-to-hospital-to-hotel/

We have been taking a look at “Early American Herb Recipes” recently to spice up our home cooking! This book is availabl...
05/09/2020

We have been taking a look at “Early American Herb Recipes” recently to spice up our home cooking! This book is available in our bookstore! Message us if you would like to purchase. Have you tried any new recipes recently? Recommend some of your favorites!

Thank you for giving on #GivingTuesdayNow ! Your contribution helps more than you know and we appreciate you!
05/07/2020

Thank you for giving on #GivingTuesdayNow ! Your contribution helps more than you know and we appreciate you!

For nearly four decades, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation has preserved the 170 year old Davis-Horton House and...
05/05/2020

For nearly four decades, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation has preserved the 170 year old Davis-Horton House and kept the history, culture, and architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter alive. We could not do this without you. The support of our community is vital to our survival. If you are able to, please donate. No amount is too little and is greatly appreciated. Thank you all for your continued support!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/support-us/

Giving Tuesday, normally held after the Thanksgiving holiday, is a celebration of giving and philanthropy when together,...
05/03/2020

Giving Tuesday, normally held after the Thanksgiving holiday, is a celebration of giving and philanthropy when together, on one day, millions of people demonstrate our common capacity to give.

An as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19 #GivingTuesdayNow will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

This moment in time is challenging, uncertain, and historic. We are inspired by how our community comes together during these times.

If you are able, give to the individual organizations that you love most – no amount is too little and nonprofits need your support.

Ghosts or double exposure? “Spirit photography” was highly popular in the Victorian Era due in part to the Spiritualist ...
05/01/2020

Ghosts or double exposure?

“Spirit photography” was highly popular in the Victorian Era due in part to the Spiritualist movement that swept the nation especially after the Civil War. “Spirit photographers” would often tout themselves as mediums and claim to be able to capture your deceased relatives in the photo. Check out our YouTube video “Macabre Victorians: Funerals, Fancies, and Fetishes” for more on spirit photography in the Victorian era!

https://youtu.be/2G3H5LV40z8

Can you guess which building this is? It’s a three story brick building located on 5th Avenue and built in 1887. It is o...
04/30/2020

Can you guess which building this is? It’s a three story brick building located on 5th Avenue and built in 1887. It is one of the only buildings in the Gaslamp District featuring French Provincial architecture. This building will be featured in our May newsletter!

Have you heard of the Gaslamp Players? They are a group of volunteers that present historic vignettes based upon the ear...
04/28/2020

Have you heard of the Gaslamp Players? They are a group of volunteers that present historic vignettes based upon the early history of what was then known as San Diego’s New Town. These costumed performers portray some of San Diego’s most interesting characters – from Alonzo Horton “Father of New San Diego,” to Chief of Police Keno Wilson, to Ida Bailey, the popular madame who ran the high-class brothel, Canary Cottage. You can check out one of their performances on our YouTube page!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_HDCKlNYMA&t=218s

Take a look at some Victorian Era pieces from our collections. If you lived in the Davis-Horton House during the Victori...
04/25/2020

Take a look at some Victorian Era pieces from our collections. If you lived in the Davis-Horton House during the Victorian Era (1837-1901), which of these would you choose?!?

It’s world book day! How many of these Gaslamp Quarter history related books have you read?
04/24/2020

It’s world book day! How many of these Gaslamp Quarter history related books have you read?

Museum from home: Thankful for our hardworking Board Members (who are all volunteers
04/24/2020

Museum from home: Thankful for our hardworking Board Members (who are all volunteers

Throwback to Earth Day 2018 when a group of wonderful volunteers came out to help us beautify the community pocket park ...
04/23/2020

Throwback to Earth Day 2018 when a group of wonderful volunteers came out to help us beautify the community pocket park in front of the museum! It really takes a lot of generous helping hands to care for a small non-profit museum! We are grateful for all our volunteers!

National Volunteer Week is April 19-25, 2020. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our non-profit Foundation. They lead our h...
04/22/2020

National Volunteer Week is April 19-25, 2020. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our non-profit Foundation. They lead our historical walking tours, help us at the front desk, docent at our events, help us clean and maintain the museum, and dedicate their time and expertise to our Foundation by being Board members and committee members.

We are so incredibly grateful for every single one of our volunteers. The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation would not be the same without each of them!

Did you know that our historic Davis-Horton House was built in Portland, Maine? It was one of 10-12 prefabricated, “salt...
04/21/2020

Did you know that our historic Davis-Horton House was built in Portland, Maine? It was one of 10-12 prefabricated, “saltbox-style” homes that traveled by ship from the east Coast around the southern tip of South America to California in 1850. Saltbox-style” refers to a popular wooden box used to store salt in Colonial times; both the house and the wooden box share the same gable roof shape.

Address

410 Island Ave
San Diego, CA
92101

General information

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm and Sunday, 12:00pm to 3:30pm. Admission: $5 General Admission Free under 7 Audio Tour: $10 for Adults $8 for Seniors and Active Military $5 for Students Free under 7

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 12:00 - 15:30

Telephone

(619) 233-4692

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The Story of the Davis-Horton House

The oldest structure in “New Town” (now called Gaslamp Quarter) San Diego! Throughout it’s 100-plus year history, the house has been used as a military barracks, boarding house, county hospital, and private residence. It is now the Gaslamp Museum, and the headquarters of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation whose mission is “to preserve the architecture, culture, and history” of the birthplace of modern San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter. It is the only house still standing that was lived in by Alonzo Horton, one of San Diego’s Founding Fathers. You can take a self-guided, or audio-guided tour of the house Tuesday-Sunday, or delve deeper into the history of the house and the district by joining one of our Historical Walking Tours, Pub Crawls, or Ghost Tours.

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