The Camarillo Ranch Foundation is a 501C3 nonprofit public benefit organization charged with maintaining and preserving the historic Camarillo Ranch House and stewarding the legacy of Adolfo Camarillo, one of Ventura County’s First Citizens. The house is an 1892 fully restored Queen Anne Victorian which offers you a historical perspective of life on a Ranch in the early 20th Century. The whole Ranch is a wonderful place for you to host a special event.
Adolfo Camarillo was an innovative businessman who was way ahead of his time. He bred a new breed of horses called the Camarillo White Horse which since the early 1900s has been almost exclusively been bred in Ventura County. He was most known for his love for his family, his employees and his community. He served on over 38 community boards in his lifetime. He donated right of way to Southern Pacific Railroad Company so that train tracks could be laid on his property, he gave right of way for Highway 101 at the top of the Conejo Grade, he donated 50 acres of land to build Adolfo Camarillo High School and his brother Juan Jr. had St. Mary Magdalen’s Chapel built in honor of their parents among other acts of philanthropy.
Today Camarillo Ranch serves over 50,000 people a year who walk through to learn about a slice of life on the Ranch during the early 20th Century. Docent led house tours on Saturday – Monday 11am – 3pm and free docent guided School Tours (by appointment) for elementary school students (primarily 3rd grade) are some of the ways we ensure his legacy stays alive for future generations. Other free community events hosted by Camarillo Ranch Foundation include Santa Nights, Adolfo’s Birthday and our ever popular Throwback Thursday food truck festival on the last Thursday of every month from January to October.
Many people from the Chumash community worked to make the museum a reality. Paul Varela (Chumash/Tataviam/Serrano) was selected as the first museum director when the Center opened at the end of 1994. It was envisioned as a place to maintan the Chumash culture, and to teach children and others about the culture.
Oakbrook Regional Park was transfered from the County of Ventura to the Conejo Park and Recreation District (CRPD) in 2002. The Oakbrook Park Chumash Indian Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, continues to manage and operate the museum and surrounding 25 acres of interpretive trails in cooperation with the CRPD.
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