Guests can travel back to western days gone-by at the Guy B. Woodward Museum in downtown Ramona. Housed in the 1886 adobe Verlaque House, the museum exhibits historic treasures of
Guests can travel back to western days gone-by at the Guy B. Woodward Museum in downtown Ramona. Housed in the 1886 adobe Verlaque House, the museum exhibits historic treasures of early Western culture, including antique furnishings, vintage clothing, cowboy artifacts and mining equipment. Resembling a small Old West town, the surroundings buildings include a cowboy bunk house, blacksmith shop, tack room, one-room school, post office, and millinery shop. The museum also contains the Casey Tibbs Memorial Exhibit, Bancroft Memorial Rose Garden and Dr. James Robert Moriarity III Archaeological Archives. A large collection of pioneer wagons and tools, a medicine wagon and an early day Ramona firetruck are also on display.
As with all non-profits, volunteers are the backbone of the organization. We have many local folks who volunteer as docents, doing housekeeping, maintenance, and other in other areas of their expertise. Volunteering is easy! Just call our office at 770-789-7644 to make arrangements. This can be your way to serve the community of Ramona.
The Ramona Pioneer Historical Society
Guy B. Woodward Museum
Organized: 1962 – Incorporated: 1970
645 Main Street – PO Box 625
Ramona, California 92065
Tax ID number: 23-71003788
Thursdays & Fridays 1-3 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays 1-4 p.m.
Closed in September
Call for special tours
The Guy B. Woodward Museum’s archives are available to the public for research. You must reserve a research date and time. Persons using museum records for purposes of research will agree to have a museum archivist present during the course of the research. A declaration as to the purpose of the research will be made on our “Records of Archival Research” form and no records, books, documents, or other artifacts can be removed from the museum grounds. Special arrangements must be made if more than one person is doing the research. Call our office at 760-789-7644 to make arrangements to do research. The museum charges for research time and the duplication of materials from the archives according to the following schedule. Research Time $25.00 per person per hour Photographs $25.00 each Duplication of original sources $1.00 per page Duplication of Dr. Art Woodward’s bibliography cards $4.00 per card If research is being done for purposes of profit, the cost will be $50.00 – $100.00 for the four hour period. This cost covers the time required for the museum’s archivist to research and secure the necessary materials and to monitor the research. The following resources are available for research: • Approximately 2,500 historic photos of pioneer families and the Ramona and Ballena Valleys, Witch Creek, Santa Ysabel, and Mesa Grande • Photo collection of early Mesa Grande Native American Indians • Ramona Sentinel newspapers dating back to 1894 • Autobiographies and biographies of pioneer residents • Financial records, statistics, and other documents of early businesses, farms, ranches, and families • Antique tools, equipment, farm machinery, blacksmith shop, cowboy artifacts, and mining equipment • Vintage women’s dresses (25) and accessories to 1860 • Archives of Dr. James Morriarity II – historian and marine archeologist • Architecture of the only adobe French Provincial home – The Verlaque House • Antiques and historic furniture • Artifacts: toys, cameras, communications, military, mining, office machines, etc. • Census, cemetery, and school records
10 (Thursday) 1:00 pm - 13 (Sunday) 4:00 pm
Guy B Woodward Museum
645 Main St