Come to our Open House Saturday June 26th from 1 to 4pm.

We are open every Sunday for in person visitors from 1-4 pm.
The Reche Schoolhouse is open the 3rd Saturday of the month from 1-4 pm.

Private tours are also available by emailing

  • We now have a rotating display section at the Heritage Center.
    • April-June we have a Bridal display, come it to see it!
  • We have a new roof on the Heritage Center as of April 2021. click here …
  • We added some new lights to our parking lot. click here…
  • CBS news 8 featured William Pittenger details…
  • CBS news covers ceremony at Pittenger grave site click here…
  • Make sure to read our most recent Featured Articles.
  • View our 2020 End of the Year and Annual Awards meeting that was held on 12/06/2020 at 12:00PM    click here…
  • All members are welcome to attend FHS board meetings, held first Tuesday of each month at 3:00pm. (On Zoom until further notice)  details…
  • Read about our 2020 Pioneer of the Year award recipients . details…
  • See which business received the 2020 Vintage Business of the Year award . details…
  • See who received our 2020 Member of the Year award. details…
  • Need to rent an interesting place to hold a meeting or event?  learn more…
  • Docents wanted learn more…
  • Have some talents and some time?  We would apprciate your help.  Investigate our Volunteer Opportunities
  • Check out our newsletters
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Luiseno Indianans 1781 near Fallbrook

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Vital Reche
Fallbrook's first setteler

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Fallbrook's first school built on land donated by Vital Reche

JPM Rainbow

J. P. M. Rainbow
Man the town is named for.


William Pittenger, winner of the first Congressional Medal of honor. Minister in Fallbrook.

Loma Ranch and bottling Plant at Alturas St. 1895

Loma Ranch on Alturas St. 1895


RR Station in Santa Margarita Canyon 1883

1916 Depot flood
Ellis Hotel

Ellis Hotel in Fallbrook

Ellis hotel2

Early Fallbrook
Note the Ellis Hotel lower right

Olive Processing Plant on Fallbrook St. 1917
First Hospital

Fallbrook's first Hospital


Fallbrook Citrus Association

Bonsal Bridge

Bonsal Bridge

Fallbrook Hospital 1960

Fallbrook Hospital 1960

Fallbrook Hospital 1960


Fallbrook SD County Library 1987

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Read our SD county reopening checklist here.


The Fallbrook Historical Society’s mission is to bring history to life by educating the community and others about Fallbrook’s rich heritage.Brief History of Fallbrook Historical Society

The Fallbrook Historical Society (FHS) received its Charter, approval of exemption as a Non-Profit Corporation and Articles of Incorporation on August 9, 1976. The first general meeting of the FHS was called to order by George Kelsey in the Fallbrook High School Cafeteria on April 4, 1977. The current location of the museum and Pittenger House, were purchased in 1981. Construction of the “Barn” began on June 3, 2006, culminating with the “Barn”  being formally dedicated and named the Donald J. Rivers Interpretive Center on October 9, 2011.

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