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 entertainment space. Julian town square will be an epicenter of art, theater and community gatherings.

Get Involved

You can help by contributing to our fundraising-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 donate would be greatly appreciated. DONATE NOW...


The Julian Town Square project is a grass-roots community effort that started in 2017. Many volunteers, business & organizations came together to make this project a reality. The town square project is dedicated to the community of Julian & will serve as a community park & outdoor entertainment space. It is our hope that this place will be the epicenter of art, theater & community gatherings for many generations to come.


On May 21, 2021, with the help of so many people and our donors, the Julian Community Heritage Foundation closed escrow on the corner lot. It took a lot of effort and negotiations to finally close the deal, thank to the hard efforts of Don Bree and the Red Hawk Realty team.

We have had tremendous support from our donors, businesses and organizations that helped us get this far. Our county board of supervisors has also been generous with their support and various contributions. 

With the corner lot secure and under JCHF management, we're ready to proceed with building out the park and raising the necessary funds to make it happen.




An illustrated time-line depicting the property history back to 1912.



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 development costs for the town square. Below are the current available donation tiers and corresponding accolades:




Tree Plaque


Bench Plaque


Picnic Table Plaque


Sample category 1

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of the Julian and backcountry community. Our association will support this mission through lobbying and advocacy, awareness raising campaigns, community outreach, as well as collaborating with local citizens, stakeholders and authorities.

Our primary objective at this time is the creation of a Julian Town Square on the corner of Main and Washington Streets. 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. This corner lot in Julian is the perfect location for the establishment of such 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. 

For far too many years now, this lot has remained a barren and empty space.  Our community has watched the years pass by while this beautiful and strategically located property has remained 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. We've received donations that have gone towards acquiring the lot. The next step will be to raise funds for the development phase.

Previously, we partnered up with the nonprofit 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 its own registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All proceeds go towards the funding of the town square project. 

The Julian 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 plan to use the space for farmers market/art and gift fairs, open air performances (music, theater, etc.) and other community events. We look forward to transforming this empty lot into a beautiful community space that will benefit us all.

A lot 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 and the Julian Architectural Review Board.

- 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 assisted in the negotiation of the lot purchase and have donated over $100K

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

- Over 100 individuals and organizations also donated over $60K. 


With your donations and support, we look forward to transforming the "corner lot" into our very own Julian Town Square park. DONATE NOW to the development phase of the Julian Town Square. With a variety of accolade levels, this is your opportunity to be a part of the project for many years to come.


The park will be developed in a series of phases. Below is a rough, preliminary outline of the phases.

Design Phase:

  • Chevron to remove previous monitoring equipment - Completed in November 2021
  • Finalize preliminary design with San Diego County Planning Department and the Julian Architectural Review Board
  • Proceed through the County permitting process

Construction Phase 1:

  • Rough grading of the lot
  • Installation of infrastructure (electrical, irrigation, footings, etc.)
  • Raised planter construction
  • Installation of plants and trees
  • Installation of site furnishings, bathrooms and water tower
  • Grading for walkways and paths

Construction Phase 2:

  • Stage construction
  • Installation of stone amphitheater seating



This presentation is about emerging tourism trends (namely experiential tourism) & its correlation with sharing economy, which has been popularized by platforms such as AirBnB.

We’ll be discussing what this means for us as a community & as individual stakeholders:

  • Leveraging these models to set some exciting new trends in tourism development
  • Working as a community to ensure the development of sustainable tourism in accordance with our community character
  • New ways to generate revenue as property owners through emerging tourism models
  • Encouraging much needed economic growth, while creating an exemplary tourism destination that stands as a model of sustainable tourism development

2017 has been recognised as the International Year of Sustainability Tourism for Development by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.

The Agricultural Promotion Ordinance is a major step towards encouraging agri-business models in the rural parts of San Diego county. It will open up revenue generating opportunities for property owners & stake-holders, while stimulating much needed economic growth in our rural communities. This initiative also goes hand in hand with the development of sustainable & experiential tourism models such as agri-tourism, eco-tourism & glamping.

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of the Julian and backcountry community. Our association will support this mission through lobbying and advocacy, awareness raising campaigns, community outreach, as well as collaborating with local citizens, stakeholders and authorities.

Our primary objective at this time is the creation of a Julian Town Square on the corner of Main and Washington Streets. We will be holding fundraisers in support of the project. You can simply donate now.

There are a few ways that you can get involved:

  • Donate using the "donate now" link above
  • Ask 10 people you know to support the project
  • Follow our progress on Facebook (@juliancommunityheritagefoundation) and Instagram (@julianchf)
  • Donate your time and expertise to the project by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



COOL ZONE / KID ZONE - July 4th, 2022

If you missed our town square soft opening last month, here’s another chance to make it out and see what we’re working on.

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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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