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Save Our Heritage Organisation

January 23

In 1994 after the big floods that had been one of the longest periods of consecutive days of rain on record in San Diego County, SOHO volunteers began the months-long restoration of the 1830s adobe the Saint Francis Chapel in Warner Springs and the Rancho Santa Margarita Chapel on Camp Pendelton, where Marines were taught the age-old techniques of making adobe bricks.

In 2006 Save Our Heritage Organisation, (SOHO) partnered with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to restore the exterior walls of the 1827 Casa de Estudillo hacienda adobe, a State Park museum. This project continued in 2007 with park staff completing the full restoration of the adobe in between classes.

Adobe U commenced again in April of 2009 with over 40 volunteers made the trek out to Vallecito Stage Station, a County of San Diego Historic park on the edge of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. At that time almost the entire structure was given a sacrificial coat of adobe mud and now it's time to work on the interior.

What is Adobe U?  A hands-on workshop where the public and parks staff are taught the lost arts of adobe repair and restoration. The goal of Adobe U is to develop a volunteer team of skilled adobe craftsmen, that can be called into action when historic adobe structures throughout the San Diego region are in need, a core group of volunteers that can help to protect and preserve these rare sites. Structures made of adobe, sod, and rammed earth are all earthen buildings, the purpose of Adobe University is to teach people how to properly repair, maintain and care for them. Volunteers leave with a new skill and an appreciation for the construction techniques needed in maintenance of such buildings.

Join us once again at Vallecito Stage Station
Saturday, January 23, 2010, 9am - 4pm

Class size is limited  Please RSVP to SOHO at
Due to the limited space, please RSVP only if you are committed to attending the class.

When  Saturday, January 23, 9am-4pm (and Sunday, January 24, if needed)
Where  Vallecito County Park, 37349 County Route S-2 (Great Southern Overland Stagecoach Route of 1849)
Who  Cosponsoring this event are the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and Save Our Heritage Organisation

What we will provide
Gloves  |  Goggles  |  Tools  |  Instruction and Educational handouts
Water, Gatorade and other beverages, and snacks, such as energy bars, fresh fruit, etc.  |  Mud and Fun

What you will need to bring
Bag lunch to enjoy in the park  |  Hat  |  Sunscreen  |  Long sleeve shirt and clothes that can be stained and ruined

Directions  Click HERE for location on Mapquest · Vallecito County Park is 107 miles from San Diego

From Ramona through Julian  Go east on State Highway 78 to Scissors Crossing then south 22 miles on highway S-2 to Vallecito park entrance. This route takes approximately 2 hours from San Diego.

From Interstate 8  Go east on I-8, exit at Ocotillo (S-2), then 26 miles north on highway S-2 to the Vallecito park entrance. Vallecito is four miles north of Agua Caliente County Park. This route takes approximately 2 hours from San Diego.

Camping is available
Vallecito County Park - Tent and RV sites
Agua Caliente County Park - Tent and RV sites
Butterfield Ranch Resort - Tent and RV sites, plus fully furnished cabins and mobile homes available

For more information  Call (619) 297-9327

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