The Fallbrook Historical Society supports Fallbrook as the community has supported us. We were born in 1978, out of book-writing efforts of Library Friends, and the Chamber's Bicentennial Committee.
We now have a cluster of museums on the south edge of town (off South Mission Road), up the hill to the west on RockyCrest Road, with the entrance on Hill Street. There is a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, which was owned by the first Civil War soldier to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is our House Museum. The gem and mineral museum operated by another Fallbrook group used to be co-located with us, but has now moved to a separate location.
A part of our complex houses our antique Ford cars, a Model T and a Model A, a tool collection, and U.S.395 history. In this section we also have a meeting room.
In our Fallbrook history museum we have displays showing the names and locations of our first people: Luiseno Indians, Spanish soldiers and settlers, Mexican ranchers, and American homesteaders. We have exhibits on early businesses, including our two railroads. Geno Somacal's recreations of twelve buildings from the late 1800s are on display. We document the development of groves and fruit production, from olives and apricots to lemons and avocados.
Our all-volunteer organization provides tours for school children, another destination for tourists, and photo assistance for businesses seeking historical identity.
We are the keepers of Fallbrook's images, and we help each visitor build his own image of himself and his ancestors.
We are open every Thursday from 1 to 4, and every Sunday from 1 to 4, or call (760) 723-4125 (museum) or (760) 451-1572 (for tour arranger, Judy Gillespie) and arrange a time.
One year: Junior $1, Adult $10, Family $15, Contributing $25, Business & Professional $35.
Permanent Membership: Life $250, Patron $500. Installments Acceptable.
Please make your check payable to Fallbrook Historical Society, indicate the category desired, and mail it to P.O. Box 1375, Fallbrook, CA 92088-1375. All memberships and gifts are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.
Fallbrook in Review is a quarterly booklet containing historical Fallbrook information published by the Fallbrook Historical Society. See Fallbrook in Review for more information.
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Page originally written by Elizabeth Yamaguchi in 1998-2000, with updates from Sandra Baxter in 2009
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Last update: 16 February 2009.