The Adelaida School is the only viable public structure that remains from the early thriving community where schools, a general store, a post office and dance halls once provided the supporting social and civic structure for homesteaders who farmed and mined in the bucolic Adelaida hills.
Located at 9001 Chimney Rock Rd., Paso Robles, the Lincoln School, now known as the Adelaida School, was established in 1881. In 1917, the 1.5-acre site was purchased and classes began. School enrollment ranged from a high of 23 students to a low of four, averaging 9.5 students each year. The last classes were held in 1964.
Over the years the school has served as the center of the Adelaida community. School, polling place, Adelaida Farm Center, 4-H meetings, Adelaida Home Center — all have found a home at the historic schoolhouse. Horses and riders rested and watered at this way station as they moved their cargo from the coast to missions and towns.
Unfortunately, the school was rapidly falling into ruin — assisted by frequent vandalism — and was on its last legs.
In 2003 the Adelaida Historical Foundation formed with the intent of saving the ailing structure. Many of the original founders are no longer with us but others stepped up and continued the project. The transformation of the old school includes a new foundation, siding, roof and windows, which has stopped the deterioration.
A new kitchen, patio area and heating system have made the structure much more useable but more remains to be done.
Your chance to participate is coming up Saturday, May 11 as the annual Adelaida Roundup trail ride ambles through oak covered hills on private backcountry ranches and pristine woodlands.
Those who aren’t up for the saddle can hop on the wagon ride.
During the event, get a tour of the historic schoolhouse and see the restoration progress up close.
Barbecue and chuck wagon desserts will hit the spot as all donations benefit the Adelaida School restoration.
A $100 donation includes the trail ride and barbecue. $65 includes a tenderfoot wagon ride and barbecue. $40 includes barbecue, local flavor, and back-hills jawing.
While you are wine tasting on Paso Robles Wine Festival weekend, stop by the school for some iced tea. The school will be open to the public on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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