ABOUT THE INN
Oak Hill Inn was established in 1987 by a husband and wife team. Bill, a retired engineer, and his wife Magda decided to escape the busy city life in favor of a more relaxed, yet adventurous lifestyle. The small, friendly town of Julian, California located in the beautiful San Diego mountains was the perfect place to make a new home for them and their three children. Over seven years, Bill built the house and inn with his own two hands. Then, with a passion for hospitality and a love for the town they live in, Bill and Magda established Oak Hill Inn and have been welcoming guests ever since. Magda also runs Julian’s Toy Chest, Julian’s first and only toy store, which has been in operation for over 30 years now! Today, they still both run the inn and also take on projects around the property, enjoy visits to San Diego to visit their now grown children and their grandchildren.
When traces of gold were discovered in Coleman Creek in 1869, it marked the beginning of a gold rush whose legacy we still enjoy today. Julian remains almost unchanged as one of the most picturesque gold mining towns in California. Gold is still being mined today , but the real treasures are the town itself, along with its clean mountain air which give Julian a unique and quiet enchantment.
Julian was founded following the Civil War, when displaced Confederate Veterans from Georgia headed West to seek their fortunes in a new, mostly unsettled land. Among these were cousins Drue Bailey and Mike Julian, who found a lush meadow between Volcan Mountain and the Cuyamacas to their liking.
They were there in 1869 when cattleman Fred Coleman found the first flecks of gold in a creek. It was San Diego County’s first and only gold rush. The town was named Julian, in honor of Mike, who later was elected San Diego County Assessor. The town was never big, at the most boasting a population of about 600—more than reside within the historic district today.
Rumor has it that Julian almost became San Diego’s county seat. The gold rush was short-lived, nearly over within a decade. But the pioneers stayed and began farming the rich land. While many crops were planted and animals pastured, Julian proved to be a fine place to grow apples. Apples continue to be produced in Julian. Their sweet, fresh flavor lures thousands to the mountains each fall, when visitors will find fruit stands overflowing with crisp fruit, homemade cider and other delicacies.