Our Mission

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation (JCHF) was founded to preserve the history of the community of Julian and to promote the quality of life of persons of all ages living, working, and visiting this community. Read more about our mission and on-going efforts HERE

Town Square Project

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation has been actively working on a new initiative for the development of the corner lot on Main St. and Washington St. Our vision is the creation of a Julian town square and would serve as a community park & outdoor amphitheater. Julian town square will be an epicenter of art, theater and community gatherings.

Get Involved

You can help by contributing to our pledge-drive and sharing this information. This community driven project has been years in the making and various individuals, as well as organizations have been working very hard on making it a reality for our community. Anything you can pledge would be greatly appreciated. DONATE NOW...


This is your opportunity to forever be part of a community project that will last into the ages. Visit our PayPal page to donate now.

Donations of $300 or more will have a dedicated name plaque on our donor wall at the town square site.

You can also donate via mail. Send your checks to:

Julian Community Heritage Foundation

PO Box 236

Julian, CA 92036

Make the check out to Julian Community Heritage Foundation. Please write Julian Town Square Project on check memo.


We've Reached Our $600,000 Goal!

$440k received from San Diego County grant awards

$100k pledged from the Julian Lodge

$60k donated from over 100 individuals & organizations

Why a Town Square?

A town square is usually found in the heart of a community and is an epicenter for gatherings and community events such as open markets, music concerts, theater and the arts. It's a centrally located town space for people to gather.

The corner lot in Julian (Main Street and Washington Street) is the perfect location for the establishment of a town square. We believe it is the most forward thinking development strategy for the empty lot, which will benefit our community and enhance our town. 

With your donations and support, we look forward to transforming the "corner lot" into our very own Julian Town Square park.

For far too many years now, the corner lot on Main and Washington Streets has remained a barren and empty space.  Our community has watched the years pass by while this beautiful and strategically located property remained unused. We believe it's time to change that and we need your help to make it happen.

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation has introduced a new initiative for a community park and outdoor amphitheater.

A town square will help enhance and beautify Main Street. It will also help enhance our historical appeal and provide a public space for people to gather. We'll use the space for farmers market/art and gift fairs,  open air performances - music, theater and other community events. We look forward to transforming this empty lot into a beautiful community space that will benefit us all.

Much has been accomplished since we first announced the Town Square Project:

- Chevron donated $10,000 seed money.

- Preliminary lot designs have been approved in concept by both the Julian Planning Group & the Julian ARB.

- Supervisor Dianne Jacobs provided $110K in county NRP  (Neighborhood Reinvestment Program) and CE (Community Enhancement Program) grant funds.

- Julian Lodge owners, Bob Schultz and Mike Peckham are negotiating the purchase of the lot and have pledged $100K

- JCHF received $330k in PLDO funds from the San Diego County

- Over 100 individuals & organizations also pledged for a total of over $60K pledged so far. DONATE NOW


All donors, no matter what the amount will be recognized on our web-site donor page. Other donation options include a tree plaque, bench plaque and a prominently displayed plaque on the water tower. Your donations will be going towards the purchase of the lot, as well as developments costs for the proposed town square design. Below are all of the available donation tiers and corresponding accolades:


Name Plaque


Tree Plaque


Bench Plaque


Tower Plaque



We put together an illustrated time-line depicting the property history dating back to 1910.


The Julian Community Heritage Foundation started as a volunteer effort towards creating a Town Square for our historic town of Julian. It has been in the works for many years now. Various individuals and organizations have already contributed to the project and our collective efforts have so far raised $600,000. We have presented the plans to Dianne Jacob, our San Diego County Board of Supervisors Representative, and she is also supporting the project. We are working with the Julian Architectural Review Board to ensure we are in compliance with historic district building guidelines.

Our next goal is to raise the necessary funds to develop the vacant lot. Read More...


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ABC 10 News ran the story about the Julian Town Square multiple times today. Rami Abdel and Kim Simas were interviewed for the story. This is great news for our efforts towards transforming the empty lot on Main Street and Washington Street into a town square. We appreciate all your continued support and donations. We're getting very close towards making this project a reality.

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The Julian Community Heritage Foundation was a community driven initiative for the creation of a Julian Town Square on the corner of Main St. and Washington St. The idea was the brainchild of Teak Nichols, along with the support of Jean Duffy and Dana Pettersen. Various other individuals and organizations have supported the initiative in various ways including: Chevron, The Julian Chamber of Commerce, the Julian Historical Society and the San Diego Backcountry Visitors Bureau, as well as Community Action, Service and Advocacy (CASA).

Many steps have already been taken to bring this project to fruition including:

  • We are in the process of purchasing the lot
  • Julian Community Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization
  • We drew up preliminary town square designs, which have been approved in concept by the ARB and the county board of supervisors
  • Chevron has made a donation towards the project
  • Creative Flow Media sponsored the earlier stages of the marketing and campaign management for the project



Jean Duffy - JCHF President

Dana Pettersen - JCHF Vice President/Fundraising Chair

Kim Simas - JCHF Treasurer

Joan Cirillo - JCHF Secretary

Teak Nichols - JCHF Board Member

The Julian Town Square Project

For far too many years now, the corner lot on Main St. and Washington St. has remained a barren and empty space. Our community has watched the years pass by while this beautiful and strategically located property remains unused. We believe it's time to change that and we need your help to make it happen.

The town square project is being proposed for the vacant corner lot on Main St. and Washington St.

We've received donations that will go towards acquiring the lot. The next step will be to raise funds for the development phase.

We partnered up with the non-profit Community Action, Service and Advocacy (CASA) and they were our fiscal agent and sponsor in the beginning of the process. Currently, the Julian Community Heritage Foundation is a registered nonprofit organization. All proceeds go towards the funding of the town square project.

Dedicated to Julian, its citizens and visitors - Julian Community Heritage Foundation

Our story

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation is dedicated to the citizens of our beautiful county & we're committed to the betterment of our community. Our motivations are to serve America's finest city & ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Jean Duffy JCHF President
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