The Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead
- MISSION STATEMENT -
Located at the gateway to the San Pasqual Valley Agricultural Preserve, the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead is a City of San Diego Historical Landmark and a State Point of Historical Interest. It is within the San Dieguito River Park, a 55-mile long open space greenway and park system extending from the mountains in Julian to the ocean at Del Mar.
Established about 1870, and featuring one of the area’s oldest adobe homes from the American era, the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead is a remarkable survivor of San Diego’s rural history and, as such, has a special role to play in preserving the legacy of old California.
The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors has adopted the following Mission Statement to guide the preservation, interpretation and operation of the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead.
“The Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, owned and operated by the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, is a historic site dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of the settlement of the San Dieguito River Valley as experienced by the Sikes family during the period from 1869-1899."
How the Mission of the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead will be accomplished:
As an authentically restored adobe farmstead, the site will vividly depict the Sikes Family's pioneer experience. The farmhouse and grounds will portray the lifestyle of the small community of farmers in early San Diego County as well as demonstrate early agricultural efforts to utilize the resources of the San Dieguito River Valley. The farmstead will interpret the settlement of southern California through the experiences of the Sikes family, their changing fortunes, their relationship to the farming community and to the larger region.
The mission of the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead will be accomplished by the collection of books, documents, artifacts, furnishings and other cultural objects, preserving them and interpreting them to the public by means of a historic farmhouse museum, education programs, lectures, public events and publications. As a significant cultural resource within the boundaries of the San Dieguito River Park, the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead will encourage others to deepen their understanding of and appreciation for the role of agriculture in the economic and social development of San Diego County, and the historic use of resources within the San Dieguito River watershed, particularly those within the San Pasqual Valley.
Revised October 2008