Rancho Camulos Museum and National Historic Landmark

Rancho Camulos Museum Recruiting New Volunteers


(Piru, CA) – Rancho Camulos Museum, Ventura County’s only National Historic Landmark, is currently recruiting volunteers to share their talents through a variety of service opportunities. Ideal candidates should have a passion for history and preserving historic structures and grounds. Volunteers are needed to work as docents to share the museum’s history with visitors, groups and elementary school children. Additionally, volunteers with an interest in gardening, handyman skills, fundraising and special event planning are welcomed to join the museum’s volunteer team. To learn more about how you can put your talents and skills to work for this unique and special historic gem, the museum will be hosting a coffee and open house for prospective volunteers on Saturday, September 15th from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition to learning about volunteer opportunities, meeting staff and volunteers, participants will receive a brief tour of the propertyat 5164 East Telegraph Rd., about two miles east of Piru on Highway 126.
According to Rancho Camulos Museum director Susan Falck, now is a great time to join the museum’s volunteer team. “We are beginning a number of projects to restore and noticeably improve the museum’s historic structures and grounds. Volunteers with a wide variety of skills are needed to help us carry out these plans. For example, we are working to complete a Tataviam Native American village that will interpret the role the Tataviam people played in the very early days of Rancho Camulos. Volunteers are needed to help complete the dwelling and landscaping of the site.” The village is expected to be completed this fall. Falck adds that volunteering at the museum also leads to fostering new friendships. “We have a friendly group of volunteers committed to the museum, who welcome newcomers. It’s a terrific place to give back to the community, while learning more about local history in the process.”
Rancho Camulos is situated within an 1,800-acre working ranch and represents the best remaining example of a Spanish-Mexican rancho in its original rural environment. Rancho Camulos is noted for its literary significance as one of the settings for Helen Hunt Jackson’s famed novel Ramona. Museum tours detail the lives of the native Tataviam Indians, the del Valle family who established Rancho Camulos in 1853, and the Rubel family who purchased the ranch in 1924. Visitors tour the 1853 home, chapel, schoolhouse and the beautiful gardens featuring more than fifty varieties of roses. New additions include a carriage house (built by volunteers) where Ysabel del Valle’s 19th-century carriage is housed as well as the nearly completed Tataviam Indian village.

For more information about the museum and volunteer opportunities, call 805-521-1501 or email info@ranchocamulos.org. RSVP’s for the September 15th volunteer open house are appreciated.



Where the history,  myth,  and romance of Old California still linger.

How the Del Valles built Camulos



 Just a short drive from Santa Clarita through the beautiful Heritage Valley, this National Historic Landmark is where the early California lifestyle is preserved in its original rural environment. This 1,800 acre working ranch was one of the settings for Helen Hunt’s 1884 novel “Ramona” and where the 1910 Mary Pickford movie of that novel was filmed.

The non-profit museum is a portion of the ranch containing 1853 and 1920 adobes, an 1860’s chapel, a 1930’s schoolhouse, winery building, and beautiful grounds. Access is only by docent led tours, which are usually Sundays from 1-4 PM and by appointment. Call or visit our website for current hours and activities. The suggested donation is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under. School tours, special group tours and special events such as weddings can also be arranged.

Visitors Information

5164 East Telegraph Rd. (Highway 126 – 10 miles west of I-5)
Piru CA 93040

Hours: Sundays 1 – 4 pm; Docent led tours at 1, 2 and 3 pm
School, group and private tours by appointment only
Suggested donation is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under.

Visit us at ranchocamulos.org