Rancho Camulos Day

Experience 19th century life at Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark. Living history, music by John Bergstrom’s Western State of Mind, Paranormal Parlor, Griffith’s 1910 “Ramona” filmed on location, craft boutique, and more! Craft beer, wine, and food for sale. Get details about the activities and additional information about the non-profit Rancho Camulos Museum at www.ranchocamulos.org. The museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 at Newhall Ranch Road and 1 mile east of Piru.

On Sunday, November 6, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, you can experience 19th century rancho life at Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark during our annual Fall festival.   The return of old favorites and new attractions will make this a unique opportunity with something for everybody, as you can see from this year’s highlights.

You can preview our Tataviam Native American interpretive area and learn about the first people who lived here. This exciting project is the result of a new partnership between the Fernandino Tataviam and the Rancho Camulos Museum.image2

You can interact with members of the del Valle family of the 1800s and characters from the “Home of Ramona” in living history encounters. Come in costume if you choose in order to enhance your experience of the historical reenactments.

You can watch thcontroversial DW Griffith 1910 Mary Pickford “Ramona” filmed at Camulos.  It will be interpreted by film historians and Ramona experts including Hugh Munro Neely, Dydia Delyser, and Phil Brigandi.  They will share information about the latest discoveries of lost “Ramona” films.

You can visit the “Paranormal Parlor” and learn from expert paranormal investigators such as Brian Clune, Bob Davis, and Rob Wlodarskabout the spirits encountered at Camulos. They will share professional investigative techniques and display the equipment used. 

You can meet local author Evie Ybarra and learn about her just published “Ghosts of Ventura County’s Heritage Valley.”image1

You can see the new volunteer designed and constructed carriage house for the Senora’s 1853 carriageThe restored carriage will be included in the exhibits.  Blacksmith Dave Curci will demonstrate the art of blacksmithing.

You can enjoy the music of Western State of Mind featuring John Bergstrom as you relax on our shaded lawns and enjoy an afternoon in the country.

scvtv-logoYou can savor craft beer from Wolf Creek Brewery, fine wine from Giessinger Winery, and traditional food that will be available for purchase.

You can shop at the Museum Gift Shop and the Docent Handicraft and Vintage Boutique.

You can enjoy tours of the 1852 adobe, children’s (and fun-loving adults) hands on rancho activities.

ourvalleymediaYou can step back in time where the history, myth, and romance of old California still linger.

The suggested donation for “Rancho Camulos Days ” is  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.    Details about the activities  and additional information about the non-profit Rancho Camulos Museum and the National Historic Landmark can be found at www.ranchocamulos.org.   The museum is located on Highway 126 , 10 miles west of the I-5 at Newhall  Ranch Road and  1 mile east of Piru.  


About John Bergstrom & Western State of Mind

Sometimes we’re a duo and sometimes a trio, depending on everyone’s calendar, but we’re always promoting the musical tradition of the west.  John Bergstrom, Gency Brown and John Nelson make up the trio, Western State of Mind.  Nelson and Bergstrom met at a music festival in the Antelope Valley about ten years ago and have been playing shows ever since.  Gency Brown moved to California about five years ago and joined the Western Music Association where she met John Bergstrom who was then Vice-President of the California Chapter.  This connection led to Gency performing with Nelson and Bergstrom.

John Bergstrom plays guitar and Mandolin in the group and is often lead singer. Gency plays guitar along with some percussion, and is an excellent harmony and lead singer.  John Nelson plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin along with vocals.

The group performs music from and about the west, including tunes from the old west, the heydays of movie westerns, and original songs telling stories about the west.  You sometimes catch them including a classic country tune to round out the show.

In recent years, Western State of Mind performances have included the Huntington Library in San Marino, Hart Park Summer Concert Series, SCVTV/OutWest Concert Series, Backstage at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena, and County Supervisor, Michael Antonovich’s Trail Ride at Vasquez Rocks, along with both community and private events.

At this time, John Bergstrom is a director on the national board of the Western Music Association, and Gency is President of the California Chapter of that organization.