Teten House
Christmas decorations in the Teten House. Courtesy of the museum

The historic Teten House at Heritage Ranch in Encinitas has been decorated in a recreation of a 19th century farm Christmas.

The 1885-vintage farmhouse from Olivenhain has been decked out with strung popcorn, vintage bubble lights, and real candles on the tree. The stockings are hung, and the table is set for Christmas dinner.

The home is furnished with many of the Teten family’s original possessions, and docents are on hand to share stories of the hardships experienced by the farm family.

Tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, and $4 for children and seniors.

The Heritage Ranch, operated by the nonprofit San Dieguito Heritage Museum, also includes a Native American grass hut, an 1880s general store, a 1930s workers’ bunkhouse, and a 1950s main street scene. It’s located at 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.