Rancho Bernardo Looking South from Battle Mountain

Rancho Bernardo History Museum at the Bernardo Winery

Daley Ranch Looking North

Rancho Bernardo Road Looking East c1964

7 Oaks Community Center Construction

Original “Mercado” Shopping Center


Come and hear our special guests as they present various topics of interest


Extending the history of Rancho Bernardo and surrounding areas to youth and the community.


Come and experience the history of Rancho Bernardo at the Bernardo Winery.


The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the local history and increasing public awareness through programs and outreach. As a non-profit we depend on the community to help us accomplish our mission: volunteers, donations and contributions, memberships, and gifts to our collections. For more details on the society and programs please have a look at our Information Brochure. Link: Rancho Bernardo Historical Society Brochure The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society serves the local community of Rancho Bernardo, a community within San Diego with a population of over 65,000.


14th Annual Pancake Festival Coming in May

Our 14th Annual Pancake Festival is coming to Webb Park May 27 2019

Vines & Vittles Festival Coming in July

Vines and Vittles is a Family Event with a Western Theme featuring games and activities. A variety of food vendors will be offering some  favorite ‘vittles’. Wine and beer tastings from local vintners and craft breweries will be available. A “trading post” featuring local artists, Native American crafts, and Vines & Vittles souvenirs and Authentic live music. This event is being staged in partnership with the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club

DATE: July 14, 2019
TIME: 2-5 PM
LOCATION: Webb Lake Park – Rancho Bernardo

Search Our Online Collections Database

Tips for Searching with Keywords. The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Currently available are hundreds of  photos with new items added regularly. Link: Rancho Bernardo Online Collections Catalog

See our collection of Historic Rancho Bernardo articles that have appeared in our Newsletters. Also see our Collection of Bernardo Brandings Magazines from 1963 – 1967



Tom Cook – Historian and Visionary

Thomas F. Cook

Tom was one of the founders of the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society .
The RB Journal  Light recently published an obituary about Tom.
In 2015 the Rancho Bernardo Historical videotaped an Oral History Interview with Tom at the RB History Museum.









Harry Summers – Founder of Rancho Bernardo

Harry L. Summers

We remember Harry L. Summers,  the founder of Rancho Bernardo.
The LaJolla Light published recently published an obituary about Summers
In 2009 the Rancho Bernardo Historical videotaped an Interview with Mr.Summers at the Bernardo Winery.







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