Pleasant Valley Historical Society & Museum

20140126_140249-001In the heart of Camarillo lies this small museum dedicated to preserving the rich history of the city, Ventura County, and all its surroundings. Inside, you’ll find all sorts of original items dating back to the times of Adolfo Camarillo himself. It’s obvious that this museum is well maintained and cared for by the Historical Society. Each item is displayed well and mentioned in tours and in their informative binders and placards.

They have such interesting things to look at. There’s one wall dedicated entirely to old books about the city, the citizens, and more. Their displays span across time, alluding to every significant era of the town. The Chumash Era consists of artifacts that were found that date back to before the European settlers arrived. The Spanish Era has items from when Juan Cabrillo anchored at Point Mugu, in 1542. Next is the Mexican Era, after the missions were being built, and when Southern California became a prime location for ranching and farming when the Camarillo family purchased the land. Lastly is the American Era, when California became a state in 1850, and the city was beginning to be built, guiding it into the present day.

Some notable displays were a switchboard, that was utilized for a long time in Camarillo before phone lines advanced; and a phonograph, that our tour guide was willing to demonstrate for us. I took a video of it on my phone, but couldn’t figure out how to upload it. So pretend that it took you into the musical past!

Other interesting things on display were an old spindle, a sewing table, and pieces of clothing from the 1940s and 1950s. This museum truly spans across centuries of history in one little room! And it is very well-preserved, and has such a personal touch to it, no doubt because of the people that run the Society and Museum.

Out back, there is a quaint little botanical garden that looked idyllic in the sprinkling rain. Complete with growing vegetables and tons of beautiful plants, the gardens also held historical treasures like carts, wheelbarrows, and gardening tools of the past. There is a gazebo and plenty of benches to sit and relax.

Visit the website for more info on this lovely place! It’s open Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm.

I wrote in the first person male perspective for my story (which is something I’m not used to), about farming in the 50s, and what life must have been like.

Photos below for your viewing pleasure!


One thought on “Pleasant Valley Historical Society & Museum

  1. Lauren, Your trip through the museum took be back to my childhood when my mother used a Singer Sewing Machine like the one in the picture. I used to watch her feet rocking that foot-pedal back and forth as she made aprons. My grandparents were able to afford a Victrola Phonograph that we got to listen to when we visited. We were amazed that someone’s voice could come from those big black records. Fun memories. It’s true….. we’ve come a long way, Baby!

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