Encinitas Historical Society
390 W. F Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Open Fridays and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. (except holidays)
Free, donations accepted
A charming white schoolhouse with an historic bell in front is lovingly preserved as an integral part of Encinitas history. The Old Schoolhouse was built by English immigrant Edward Hammond (had wife and seven children in 1883,) with the help of son Ted and a $600 bond. By 1928 the schoolhouse was not used--it had been relocated to Fourth and H Streets, where it served as a private residence for more than 50 years. Eventually in the 1980s the old schoolhouse was slated for demolition. As one of the first critical care acts by the newly-formed Encinitas Historical Society, the Old Schoolhouse was successfully moved back to its original site where it was restored, preserved, and remains the oldest building in town.
The Old Schoolhouse is filled with fascinating photos, books documenting local history, and old school desks from the era in which the school house functioned as a school. Hundreds of students pass through the historical building each year as part of their history lessons.
For visitors it is an easy to see attraction that helps provide a timeline in the history of South San Diego County and Encinitas. Do see it if you can. You can stay for a few minutes or spend an hour reading the free literature and displays throughout the room with original wooden floors.