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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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.

Historic status for town's oldest house | Valley Roadrunner
01/16/2020
Historic status for town's oldest house | Valley Roadrunner

Historic status for town's oldest house | Valley Roadrunner

The oldest house in Valley Center, which dates to 1781, has been declared a Site of Historic Interest by the Valley Center Historical Society. An historic marker has been placed at the site on Lilac

Teepee mystery | Valley Roadrunner
01/03/2020
Teepee mystery | Valley Roadrunner

Teepee mystery | Valley Roadrunner

The teepee, a Native-American shelter dating back centuries, is traditionally made of animal skin such as buffalo hide. But these twin teepees in Valley Center are made of concrete, and have been a

Who lived here: "Baby Biscuit" | Valley Roadrunner
12/30/2019
Who lived here: "Baby Biscuit" | Valley Roadrunner

Who lived here: "Baby Biscuit" | 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 has been researched by the Valley Center Historical

Climbers make trek to historic peak | Valley Roadrunner
10/14/2019
Climbers make trek to historic peak | Valley Roadrunner

Climbers make trek to historic peak | Valley Roadrunner

A group of 14 hearty and hardy men and women made the strenuous climb last Sunday to one of the most historic -- and least known -- sites in the Valley Center-Escondido area. The goal was to reach

Who Lived Here: the Olympic Spy | Valley Roadrunner
10/10/2019
Who Lived Here: the Olympic Spy | Valley Roadrunner

Who Lived Here: the Olympic Spy | Valley Roadrunner

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

Museum commemorates Betty Crocker debut | Valley Roadrunner
09/20/2019
Museum commemorates Betty Crocker debut | Valley Roadrunner

Museum commemorates Betty Crocker debut | Valley Roadrunner

There will be no cake or brownies on October 2 when the Valley Center History Museum starts celebrating the 95th anniversary of the public debut of "Betty Crocker" who, in real life, was a

"Sky King" still flying high in Valley Center | Valley Roadrunner
08/14/2019
"Sky King" still flying high in Valley Center | Valley Roadrunner

"Sky King" still flying high in Valley Center | Valley Roadrunner

There are several private airfields in the Valley Center-Pauma Valley area, among them one with historical significance, but only one that was celebrity-owned and had a connection to a popular television series that aired on ABC, CBS and NBC over a 15-year period. The little-known airstrip was owned...

Historic letter from First Lady goes public at History Museum | Valley Roadrunner
08/09/2019
Historic letter from First Lady goes public at History Museum | Valley Roadrunner

Historic letter from First Lady goes public at History Museum | Valley Roadrunner

Inspired by recent national attention on Russia, an historic personal letter sent by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to a diplomat at his Valley Center home has been placed on public view at the Valley Center History Museum. The letter, dated 1958, reveals a meeting involving two Russians, one o...

Visitors find big surprise at History Museum | Valley Roadrunner
07/30/2019
Visitors find big surprise at History Museum | Valley Roadrunner

Visitors find big surprise at History Museum | Valley Roadrunner

When a family from Ohio recently visited the Valley Center History Museum to inquire about ancestors who lived here in the 19th century, they had dim hopes of finding data about their long-deceased relatives. They left in awe. They discovered that the local Historical Society had an archive on the M...

The Apollo 11 exhibition is scheduled to extend until the end of the year, and is likely to become a permanent display. ...
07/20/2019
Major Apollo 11 exhibit at History Museum | Valley Roadrunner

The Apollo 11 exhibition is scheduled to extend until the end of the year, and is likely to become a permanent display. The History Museum at 29200 Cole Grade Road is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The legendary aerospace figure John Leland Atwood of Valley Center, who appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine with the headline "Apollo and the Moon Men," is featured in a major exhibition at the Valley Center History Museum that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first lunar lan...

The day a quake hit Valley Center | Valley Roadrunner
07/07/2019
The day a quake hit Valley Center | Valley Roadrunner

The day a quake hit Valley Center | Valley Roadrunner

With recent earthquakes striking twice with multiple aftershocks in the Mojave Desert town of Ridgecrest, the question is raised: has Valley Center ever been hit by a serious earthquake? The answer is "yes." In 1933, the Long Beach earthquake was felt as far south as Baja. It registered 6.4, and res...

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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.