Villa Montezuma Introductory Video by the FOVM and City TV (Click above to see the 9-minute introduction to the museum, created by the FOVM and City TV.)

The Friends of the Villa Montezuma, Inc. (FOVM) is a 501-c-3 organization solely devoted to the magnificent Villa Montezuma, San Diego’s amazing Queen Anne Victorian house museum and cultural center. The Villa is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is owned by the City of San Diego.

VILLA MONTEZUMA MUSEUM TOURS: You can see the entire magnificent, mysterious Villa Montezuma Museum! Tours are on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the hour. The first tour begins at 1:00 p.m. and the last tour begins at 4:00 p.m. Admission costs per person:

  1. -Adults: $15

  2. -Active Duty Military, Seniors 65+, and students with ID: $12

  3. -Children 12 and under: free with a paid adult

  4. -Group rates for groups of six or more adults: $10

School groups: contact us for special education rates

Your admission fee helps us restore the Villa Montezuma Museum!

Reserve your spot now!

1) Please reserve your time slot via texting us at 619-233-8833.

2) Museum location: 1925 K Street, corner of 20th & K, in the Sherman Heights Historic District of San Diego, just east of downtown and the East Village. There is plenty of no-cost parking near the Villa in the neighborhood.

3) For the soft reopening, please bring cash to pay for your admission. Please, no bills over $20.

There is no eating, drinking, or photography allowed inside this historic site. Please, no sharp heels to protect the historic floors.

PoeFest: Thank you to Write Out Loud for an amazing sold out 2021 PoeFest! If you saw PoeFest, now tour the Villa in the daytime to learn about the amazing Jesse Shepard / Francis Grierson and his extraordinary life. We look forward to the return of PoeFest in the last three weekends of October 2022!

One Man, Two Names

The Villa Montezuma is the Historic Jesse Shepard/”Francis Grierson” House.  It was built in 1887 as the home of world famous pianist, author, and Spiritualist Jesse Shepard. Jesse began a writing career in San Diego and took the pen name “Francis Grierson,” a name that he used in life as well as for his writing. The Villa is located in the Sherman Heights Historic District of downtown San Diego, CA, at the corner of 20th & K Streets.  The Sherman Heights Historic District is the largest historic district within San Diego; it has almost 400 contributing historic structures. Learn more by scheduling a walking tour for your group of 10 or more guests.

Ongoing Restoration

In 2015 the restoration of the foundation, roof, and chimneys was completed thanks to a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). However, there is still work to be done. The FOVM is working with the City of San Diego and the State of California to restore the museum exterior. Your admission fee helps us toward our restoration goals.

You’re invited to join the FOVM to make a difference in the Villa’s future.

The FOVM mailing address:

657 20th Street

San Diego, CA 92102-2810

Physical location of the museum (do not mail to the museum):

corner of 20th & K Streets

Sherman Heights Historic District

San Diego, CA 92102

Questions? Text us: 619-233-8833.

See San Diego’s magnificent Villa!
You’re in for a beautiful treat. Visit San Diego’s most gorgeous room. Take a tour on Friday, Saturday or Sunday at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 or 4:00. Please reserve your tour time to see this unique historic site. Doors open on the hour. Things to know: no sharp heels, no inside photography, no elevator, “antique” plumbing so no public rest room, cash only. Text us at 619-233-8833 or mailto:FOVM@VillaMontezumaMuseum.orgshapeimage_3_link_0
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“It’s not haunted, it’s  enchanted.”

Books by

Francis Grierson (Jesse Shepard)


Read more about it!Jesse Shepard wrote metaphysical essays and books under the name Francis Grierson. His only “novel” was a look back at his boyhood growing up on the Illinois prairie, “The Valley of Shadows.” This work is his most famous.


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: British mystery writer Francis D. Grierson (who wrote from the 1920s to 1940s) is NOT our Francis Grierson.