Chamber of Commerce holds SunDowner event in historic Reche Schoolhouse
On Wednesday, February 21, the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce held their monthly SunDowner event at the Fallbrook Historical Society’s Reche Schoolhouse. The event was highlighted with a presentation by Jim Foster of the Fallbrook Historical Society revealing the Chamber’s 1911 origins as the Fallbrook Commercial Club, and including the surprise revelation that the Chamber’s centennial celebration would be upcoming in June 2020.
This month’s Sundowner affair was also a showcase for the 2019 Miss Fallbrook contestants to mingle with local business people, display their individual poise, and officially declare their candidacies. Attendees were treated to catered food provided by Misty Hickox of Caterer’s Kitchen in Fallbrook while entertained with DJ music provided by Ace Party Rentals. With an attendance estimated at around 75, including Chamber members and local business people, Historical Society representatives, and the “Miss Fallbrook” girls, this was yet another successful Sundowner event for The Chamber.
The Reche Schoolhouse was maintained by the Reche Club from 1934 until January 2016 when the Fallbrook Historical Society assumed the responsibility for its preservation, and for educating the public about its rich history. On September 17, 2016, after spending $35,000 in grant funded renovation, Fallbrook’s historic 1896 Reche Schoolhouse celebrated its grand re-opening. The Fallbrook Historical Society helped bring community members together to celebrate the renewal and commemoration of this historic, one-room schoolhouse.
The Reche Schoolhouse is one of the oldest buildings in Fallbrook and the first school ever built in the community. From the wooden floors, to the chalkboards on the wall, visitors get a taste of how Reche Schoolhouse got started.
The school is a major part of Fallbrook’s history.