Adolfo Camarillo’s Legacy

In his 94 years of life, Adolfo Camarillo carved out a powerful personal legacy that can still be observed by residents of Ventura County today.  He was a landowner and innovative businessman who successfully operated a major agricultural enterprise for nearly 80 years.  A seemingly tireless servant of his community, Adolfo joined and led a variety of agricultural, financial, educational, spiritual, and social organizations.  He was also a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, as well as a friend known for his warm hospitality and generosity.  As a sign of respect, he was addressed as “Don Adolfo,” and has come to be known in local history as the Last Spanish Don of Ventura County.

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About the Camarillo Ranch Foundation

In 1998, the City of Camarillo established the Camarillo Ranch Foundation, Inc., as a nonprofit public benefit corporation. The City Council appointed a 15-member Board of Directors to operate the Foundation, which continues to meet the first Wednesday of every month.

The Camarillo Ranch was gifted to the City of Camarillo by the Centex Corporation in 1997. Centex had acquired the property from a member of the Camarillo Family. Beginning in 1999, the Foundation initiated the renovation of the 4.5-acre property, including the 1892 Camarillo Ranch House, 1905 Mule Barn and stables, as well as the surrounding gardens.

The Foundation is working to make the Camarillo Ranch a prominent Ventura County venue for community events, school field trips, weddings, private parties and film shoots. All revenue earned from event rentals benefits the maintenance and preservation of this historic property.


To preserve, restore, operate, and maintain the Camarillo Ranch as an historic site in partnership with our public and private sectors, on a self-sustaining basis; to foster its place in the rich history of California; to transform it into a focal point of the community for education, enrichment, and enjoyment; and to exhibit our diverse history and culture.

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