Valley Center History Museum

Valley Center History Museum Valley Center Historical Society Discover one of San Diego County's oldest and most surprising towns! The Museum regularly presents special exhibits and displays which are on view for a limited engagement.
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History Museum to reopen this month | Valley Roadrunner
06/05/2021
History Museum to reopen this month | Valley Roadrunner

History Museum to reopen this month | Valley Roadrunner

After a one-year shut-down, the Valley Center History Museum is poised to welcome back visitors starting June 18. A temporary opening plan shows the museum fully open to the public on Wednesdays and

05/27/2021

Effective June 18, the Museum will be OPEN to the public Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. More days to be announced. Masks or face coverings are required.

Images of our agricultural past | Valley Roadrunner
04/21/2021
Images of our agricultural past | Valley Roadrunner

Images of our agricultural past | Valley Roadrunner

The 22nd District Agricultural Assn., which operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, announced that the 2021 San Diego County Fair will not be held this June and July, a disappointment for youths in the

Actor was known as owner of local historic ranch | Valley Roadrunner
04/03/2021
Actor was known as owner of local historic ranch | Valley Roadrunner

Actor was known as owner of local historic ranch | Valley Roadrunner

George Segal, the versatile actor who died March 23, was widely known for roles in some 50 movies and multiple TV shows, but locally he is remembered as an owner of the Segal Ranch, the historic 436

Local garage holds place in American history | Valley Roadrunner
03/16/2021
Local garage holds place in American history | Valley Roadrunner

Local garage holds place in American history | Valley Roadrunner

Located just 50 steps away from a modest house in the heart of Valley Center is a basic nondescript workshop where history was made. The product produced inside the garage-like structure on Cole Grade

Global acclaim for Pauma's rebel architect | Valley Roadrunner
01/28/2021
Global acclaim for Pauma's rebel architect | Valley Roadrunner

Global acclaim for Pauma's rebel architect | Valley Roadrunner

Reviewing my story on architectural landmarks that appeared in a recent edition of the Roadrunner's Valley Center magazine, it was noted that sufficient attention had not been paid to a local

Close encounters in Valley Center and Pauma | Valley Roadrunner
01/11/2021
Close encounters in Valley Center and Pauma | Valley Roadrunner

Close encounters in Valley Center and Pauma | Valley Roadrunner

The decade of the 1950s has often been described as the golden age for sci-fi movies and tales of flying saucers. It was also the time when Valley Center resident George Adamski gained international

Images of our past | Valley Roadrunner
12/22/2020
Images of our past | Valley Roadrunner

Images of our past | Valley Roadrunner

This photo of a local ranch, dated circa 1900, was most recently known as Konyn Dairy on Valley Center Road, and is being transformed into a major housing development called Park Circle. The

The disappearance of Smith Mountain | Valley Roadrunner
12/18/2020
The disappearance of Smith Mountain | Valley Roadrunner

The disappearance of Smith Mountain | Valley Roadrunner

A high school student preparing a term paper recently contacted the Valley Center Historical Society and frustratingly declared, "I'm looking for Smith Mountain, and I can't find it. Ho

This Thanksgiving tale is no turkey | Valley Roadrunner
11/26/2020
This Thanksgiving tale is no turkey | Valley Roadrunner

This Thanksgiving tale is no turkey | Valley Roadrunner

Once upon a time, as storytellers like to say, chances are that if you had turkey on your American Thanksgiving table, it came from a Valley Center ranch whose owners claimed they had the largest

Guinness: local post office is smallest in U.S. | Valley Roadrunner
08/12/2020
Guinness: local post office is smallest in U.S. | Valley Roadrunner

Guinness: local post office is smallest in U.S. | Valley Roadrunner

A question about the famous Guinness World Records is once again spotlighted in this week's question-and-answer installment from the Valley Center History Museum which remains closed, but is acce

Guinness book recognizes local explorers | Valley Roadrunner
08/06/2020
Guinness book recognizes local explorers | Valley Roadrunner

Guinness book recognizes local explorers | Valley Roadrunner

A question about the famous Guinness World Records and two local people who changed world history is featured in this week's question-and-answer installment from the Valley Center History

What is the town's oldest house of worship? | Valley Roadrunner
07/18/2020
What is the town's oldest house of worship? | Valley Roadrunner

What is the town's oldest house of worship? | Valley Roadrunner

The History Museum remains closed, but continues to receive questions about local history, many of which are answered in this weekly column. Today's installment, number 12 in the series, covers m

Museum to reopen soon | Valley Roadrunner
06/29/2020
Museum to reopen soon | Valley Roadrunner

Museum to reopen soon | Valley Roadrunner

The California Grizzly Bear at the Valley Center History Museum is ready to greet visitors when the museum reopens sometime in July. The "masked bear" will serve as an instant reminder that

Historic military chapel in VC for sale | Valley Roadrunner
06/23/2020
Historic military chapel in VC for sale | Valley Roadrunner

Historic military chapel in VC for sale | Valley Roadrunner

The historic Marine Base Chapel, moved to Valley Center from a San Diego military base after World War II, is for sale. The 300-seat sanctuary welcomed thousands of military men and women of all

Valley Center History Museum
06/10/2020

Valley Center History Museum

06/10/2020
Who lived here: European royalty | Valley Roadrunner
04/23/2020
Who lived here: European royalty | Valley Roadrunner

Who lived here: European royalty | Valley Roadrunner

This is part of a continuing series profiling persons of fame, celebrity and notoriety who have lived in Valley Center and Pauma Valley. All data in this series was researched by the Valley Center

Museum alters hours, historic tour cancelled | Valley Roadrunner
03/21/2020
Museum alters hours, historic tour cancelled | Valley Roadrunner

Museum alters hours, historic tour cancelled | Valley Roadrunner

The Valley Center History Museum, which has closed indefinitely due to the health crisis, continues to provide local historical data to researchers, students, and families seeking ancestral data

03/17/2020

Due to the current health crisis, the Museum will be CLOSED until further notice. If you are conducting research or need an answer to a question, staff is available to respond. Please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call (760) 749-2993. Calls are monitored on a regular basis.

History Museum adds three to board | Valley Roadrunner
03/07/2020
History Museum adds three to board | Valley Roadrunner

History Museum adds three to board | Valley Roadrunner

Three new members have been named to various positions on the Board of Directors of the Valley Center History Museum, Inc., museum President William Boyett announced this week. The 12-member Board

Grand moments from 70 years - including when actor and local rancher Steve Reeves showed up at Western Days in 1972.
02/04/2020
Grand moments from 70 years of Western Days | Valley Roadrunner

Grand moments from 70 years - including when actor and local rancher Steve Reeves showed up at Western Days in 1972.

Western Days, which has undergone several name changes since it was first staged in 1950, remains arguably the most well-known and established annual event in the community, and the only major

01/26/2020

What's now known as Valley Center Western Days launched as the Valley Center Country Fair from 1950 to 1960. The museum is reaching out to the community in hopes for photos from that first decade. Please contact/send to [email protected]

The General Store in Valley Center in 1869 at what is now the intersection of Woods Valley Road and Valley Center Road. ...
01/26/2020

The General Store in Valley Center in 1869 at what is now the intersection of Woods Valley Road and Valley Center Road.
The current yellow structure appears similar but these are not the same buildings. The old structure was lost many decades ago.

The present-day Valley Center post office on Cole Grade Road opened in 1976 after serving patrons from facilities at Woo...
01/26/2020

The present-day Valley Center post office on Cole Grade Road opened in 1976 after serving patrons from facilities at Woods Valley and Valley Center roads. In the early 1900's, the postal facility was housed in a couple of general stores before moving into this building, pictured about 1944. The building still stands on Valley Center Road next to Fat Ivor's Rib Rack, and is a hair salon.

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29200 Cole Grade Rd
Valley Center, CA
92082

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OUR VISIT to the VALLEY CENTER MUSEUM After an extended absence and a lapse of our membership my wife and I visited the Valley Center Museum a few days ago. We brought with us a visitor from Australia and his father who had never been to the museum. We arrived near closing time and were greeted by the volunteer Lynne Boyette. We were very impressed with her professionalism and the many historical items on display. As I mentioned, we arrive near closing time but the lateness of the day was of no consequence to Lynne, as she was very generous in terms of sharing her knowledge and personal time. Since our visit we renewed our membership and plan to frequent our local museum more often. I encourage others to show their support for this relevant and meaningful attraction. Thank you Robert Lerner, Lynne Boyette and other members that contribute to making a visit to the Valley Center Museum a professional, informative and pleasant experience.
Hello My name is Pat Maher and I am really interested in learning more about the Grizzly Bear that gave Bear Valley its name. Can I come to the Museum on to check out the archives please? Next Saturday works for me. My email is [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you soon Thanks Pat Maher
My grand aunt, Mary Grace Margaret Mumford, born in Los Angeles, lived for a time on Lilac Ranch with her aunt Catherine Keys and uncle William Keys. William Keys was acquainted with my grandparents twice removed in Alleghany, CA. According to my father, she died and was buried at the age of 14 in 'San Diego'. However, her headstone was placed next her parents at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles. We suspect she had Tuberculosis. About Lilac Ranch: "Settled in 1865, the 2,300-acre property was homesteaded by William Keys, a miner who prospered in Northern California. A creek running through the property is called Keys Creek, and Keys Canyon is named after the original settler." Source: https://www.vchistory.org/historical-sites/rancho-lilac/ Attached is an image of Mary Grace Margaret Mumford taken at Lilac Ranch. If you have additional information about Grace or her family, please message me. -Jennifer Hill, Davis, CA.