Train toys teach local history

Train toys teach local history
To learn and have fun, drop by the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. This month learn how the trains changed local history, then build a toy train. Courtesy photo


ENCINITAS — For the month of January, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, presents the history of trains starting in the late 19th century. Before the train came to Encinitas in the 1880s, getting here was expensive and took a very long time.With the completion of the coastline from San Diego, new settlers could take a chance on moving to the area. Every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., bring the family to find out more about the trains that changed everything, then build your own toy train.

The museum’s exhibits will be open during the activity times with docents to guide you through the history of San Dieguito. With these new intergenerational activities, families in Encinitas will come to understand that they can visit the Heritage Museum on any weekend and know that new and interesting experiences await.

While at the museum, check out Al’s Barbershop exhibit. See a recreation of the barbershop that was on Coast Highway 101 from the 1930s to the 1950s. See the antique chair and all the tools of the trade.

Each weekend there will be free hands-on experiences that highlight a certain era of San Dieguito history. These activities will change monthly. The historic eras and corresponding activities may include:

— Native American period: rock painting and acorn grinding,

— Rancho Period: adobe brick making, cattle roping and soap making

— Pioneer Days: butter making, washboard clothes washing and quilt making

— Flower-growing period: seed planting, plant identification and plant dyeing

— Surfing and concern for ocean ecology: balsa mini-surfboard shaping, kelp cookie making and ocean awareness experiences.

For more information visit the museum’s website at or call the museum office at (760) 632-9711.



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