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Adobe University

In our continued effort to create a volunteer workforce of skilled adobe craftsmen, SOHO presents our most ambitious Adobe University since the restoration of the Pala tribe's Saint Francis Chapel in Warner Springs in the 1990's. Our partners at the Warner-Carrillo Ranch House, the Vista Irrigation District, welcome us to restore the Kimble-Wilson store, an 1860s adobe that has been in great disrepair and ruins for decades, and sits just a mile and a quarter from the WC on the southern overland route. A multiple-day course over six months, this Adobe U will be an intensive and rewarding event.

Led by SOHO's executive director Bruce Coons, one of the leading authorities on California adobes, along with past graduates of Adobe U, all with various backgrounds in history, archeology, architecture, and more, students will learn historical and architectural background, technical and practical application, and about the structure of an early California adobe.

The Kimble-Wilson Adobe U is for anyone interested in working in a hands-on environment, to learn about historic restoration and preservation by doing it, and in spending time in a spectacular part of San Diego County. The group of volunteers varies in age, skill-background, and interest, but the common thread is a love of historic sites, history, fun and learning. Beginners are welcome! The more people who learn about caring for these adobe structures the better chance they have for survival!

Abbreviated History of site
Built probably in 1862 by Cyrus Kimble, the store was a popular stopping place with travelers, as a trading post and stage stop. When Kimble's clerk was murdered in the store in 1865, and Kimble murdered on the road to Los Angeles a few months later, Henry Wilson then took over the store in 1866. The building has also served as a schoolhouse, meeting place, and post office.

This is an exciting opportunity for those who sign up to restore this fragile reminder of California's great past. The 6 to 12 month program takes place on Saturdays and some Sundays beginning in May 2013.

SEE CALENDAR with upcoming dates

Registration is open now Click HERE
Note: This is private property and there is no access allowed without SOHO as a part of the Adobe U program.

Program Cost There is no cost, but you must provide your own transportation, food and drink, and materials as described HERE
Camping is available There are three campgrounds in the area: Warner Springs Ranch, Oak Grove, and Lake Henshaw.

Directions to site Meet at Warner-Carrillo Ranch house (map/directions)
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2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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