To learn more about the history of the museum, please view the beautiful 9-minute video written by the FOVM and produced by City TV by clicking on the link below.

Villa Montezuma Introductory Video by the FOVM and City TV

We’ll post the 2016 no-cost tour schedule as soon as it’s confirmed with the City of San Diego!


  1. -What a great day! Thank you to all the guests who toured the museum, to our wonderful FOVM volunteers, to City staff from District 8 who are always there for the Villa, and to Park and Rec who opened the museum for this quarterly free event.  We appreciate your support of the FOVM’s work to operate the museum and have it open regularly.  This City resource is too precious to be seen only quarterly, and it’s too beautiful not to be shared with everyone. Help the FOVM make this happen. Become an FOVM member today!

April 2, 2016 - NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED WALKING TOUR OF JESSE SHEPARD’S NEIGHBORHOOD (group tours of 10 or more by appointment during the winter months).

Our monthly first Saturday walks will resume in April after the rainy season, but we’re happy to schedule a special walk for groups of 10 or more. Email us to discuss. Suggested walking tour donation: $10 per adult. After taking this 2-hour history and architectural tour of San Diego’s largest historic district (almost 400 contributing structures!) you’ll have an understanding of Jesse Shepard’s neighborhood and his world in San Diego.  Questions to [NOTE: the museum will NOT be open during the walking tours.]

April 9, 2016 - FOVM Annual Meeting, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Light refreshments. RSVP so we know how many FOVM members to expect.

EDUCATIONAL TOURS -  Coming in the future. At this time, with additional work still to be done at the museum,  new educational tours, weddings, and private events cannot be planned for 2016. We’ll let you know when this changes.

NOTE: the museum still needs Phase 3 restoration (exterior painting) so is not yet open regular weekly hours or for private events.

Museum Location

The Villa is located in the Sherman Heights Historic District of downtown San Diego, CA, at the corner of 20th & K Streets (less than one mile east of the Historic Davis-Horton House in the Gaslamp Quarter).  The Sherman Heights Historic District is the largest historic district within San Diego; it has almost 400 contributing historic structures.

FOVM Mailing Address

Please do not mail anything to the physical location of the museum. Send any correspondence to the Friends of the Villa Montezuma, inc. (FOVM) to 657 20th Street, San Diego, CA 92102-2810. The fastest way to reach us: send an e-mail to or send a text to 619-233-8833.

2016 Interior Tour Schedule coming soon!

Thanks to all who attended the interior tours of the Villa Montezuma Museum on January 9. 
We’re working with the City to lock in the dates for the next three quarterly interior tours. 
As soon as we get confirmation we’ll post the dates. Questions? Contact us at 


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Membership Brochure

Why the “Jesse Shepard/Francis Grierson” House? One man with

two names!

The Villa Montezuma was the home Jesse Shepard. Jesse began a writing career in San Diego and took the pen name “Francis Grierson.” He used this name from that point on in his real life as well as for his essays and metaphysical books.


Modern Mysticism and Other Essays


The Celtic Temperament and Other Essays


The Valley of Shadows: Recollections of the Lincoln Country, 1858-63


Parisian Portraits


La Vie and Les Hommes


The Humour of the Underman


The Invincible Alliance


Illusions and Realities of the War


Abraham Lincoln: The Practical Mystic


Psycho-Phone Messages

(Note: the English mystery writer Francis D. Grierson, writing mostly from the 1920s to the 1940s, is NOT our Francis Grierson of “Valley of Shadows” fame.)