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Historical society open house includes Hindorff Adobe


Last updated 8/10/2018 at 4:49pm

The moved and restored Hindorff Adobe will be open for viewing, Sept. 11.

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Historical Society will open both the recently moved and restored Hindorff Adobe and the Reche School so citizens can visit and learn about some of the history of Fallbrook. The grand opening event will be held 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at 1319 S. Live Oak Park Road.

Built in 1896, the one-room Reche Schoolhouse was closed as a school in 1939. In 1880, with just 25 families in the Fall Brook area, which was not yet named "Fallbrook," the children attended school near the general store of Fallbrook founder Vital Reche, in a 16 by 18-foot building with no ceiling, and that was "falling to pieces."

By 1886, residents passed a bond issue to build a fitting schoolhouse, and on land donated by Vital Reche, a new schoolhouse was built with an initial enrollment of about 20 students. On March 4, 1896, the schoolhouse was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt as the current structure before the end of the year.

A historical photo of the Hindorff Adobe shows its original condition.

The Hindorff Adobe was built in the 1920s, Eric Hindorff constructed the adobe for use as a bed room and later a storage shed. He designed the roofline and eaves like buildings found in Sweden, the rest is reminiscent of early California Spanish-Indian influence. The unique 95-year-old adobe was rescued from its original location on the old Hindorff property at the southeast corner of Gird and Reche roads.

Visitors can enjoy discussions about the school and Hindorff Adobe, history of the surrounding area, a walking tour of the area around the school and a tour to the large metate or grinding stone with discussions about the plants along the way.

The Fallbrook Historical Society was established in 1976 as a nonprofit corporation, whose mission is to bring history to life by educating the community and others about Fallbrook's rich heritage.


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