of the Sikes Adobe
House, a City of San Diego Historical Landmark, was held on Saturday,
January 31, 2004. The property is located on Sunset Drive,
Escondido and is owned by the City of San Diego. It is being
restored (through a state grant) and will be maintained by the San
Dieguito River Park. The National Society of the Colonial Dames
of America is furnishing the interior of the farmhouse.
On October 23, 2007 the rampaging wild fires in Southern California,
specifically the Witch Creek fire, destroyed all but the original walls
of the restored adobe farmhouse. The loss was difficult to bear
for those involved in the resoration project and the hundreds of hours
of volunteer labor that were smoldering in the ashes. The
published the story of heartbreak
over the loss of an important piece of our history. The article
contains pictures following the restoration, a map of the location of
the property, and pictures of the devastation. The
Times - Escondido, CA
, published another compelling
story and some different photographs.
The San Dieguito River Park announced on January 23, 2008 their
plans to rebuild the Sikes Adobe.
A book of Zenas Sikes's genealogy was produced by Ron
the original project. He worked closely with Association
Genealogist, Art Sikes, as he was preparaing the book. On
January 28, 2008, Mr. Hall wrote: "
we lost the Sikes Adobe, Ranger Station and the Park office in
the terrible fire we had in October. It goes without saying that
most of our files were destroyed which included the two copies of your
book "RICHARD SIKES and His Descendants the First Seven Generations"
published in 2000. I would like to order
another copy... Please let me know the price including
shipping and I will send you a check.
How are you doing on the "Next Generation." If
finished, I would also like to purchase a copy.
The River Park has hired a Museum Manager for the Sikes
Adobe and her name is Anne Cooper. She will be responsible for
the rebuilding of the Sikes Adobe and comes with fine credentials and
already has the adobe walls shored up!
I hope you are doing OK and maybe you can come out again
when we have our grand opening for the second time!
Thanks for your good help."
A copy of the book, "Richard Sikes and His Descendants, the
First Seven Generations", was donated to replace those lost in the fire.
On Saturday, June 26, 2010, a Rededication Ceremony for the historic
Sikes Adobe Farmhouse was held on the property at 12655 Sunset Drive in
Escondido, near the Westfield North County mall.
The complete story of the restoration, burning, and rebuilding of the
Zenas Sikes family home is now on Facebook. Various
individuals and historical societies provided photos of the original
property and the San Dieguito River Park authorities have documented
the restoration processes. Check
it out here.