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Rancho Camulos To Reenact Author Helen Hunt Jackson's Historic Visit

Rancho Camulos, the National Historic Landmark on East Telegraph Road in Piru and the setting of Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel “Ramona,” will host a reenactment of Jackson’s 1882 visit to the Ranch on Saturday, Jan. 25.


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Ramona, by Helen Hunt Jackson

Docents of the Rancho Camulos museum will perform the reenactment 1 p.m. The reenactment lasts about 20 minutes.

Jackson’s novel, published in 1884, tells the story of Ramona, a Scots-Native American orphan who falls in love with the Native American farm worker on the ranch where she lives.

The story focuses on the mistreatment of Native Americans and has been adapted to film several times.

Museum Director Susan Falck said that while Jackson only spent an afternoon at Rancho Camulos in 1882, historians have determined that the setting for “Ramona” was closely modeled after the ranch.

“There’s enough information in the book that people believe that it really was set here,” she said.

Guests at the reenactment will also have the chance to view the 1919 silent film “Ramona,” starring Mary Pickford, that was filmed at Rancho Camulos.

Tickets are $5 each and include a docent-led tour of the museum. Reservations are suggested, but not required.

For more information about Rancho Camulos, tours and other special events, click here or call 805-521-1501.

About Rancho Camulos

Rancho Camulos Museum is a 40-acre National Historic Landmark situated within an 1,800-acre working ranch. It is the best remaining example of a Spanish-Mexican rancho in its original rural environment.

The Rancho Camulos Museum is dedicated to researching, collecting, preserving and interpreting the diverse cultural heritage and agricultural history of Southern California from 1853 to 1943. Through restoration of its buildings and grounds, Rancho Camulos seeks to connect the past with the present by offering programs that will educate and enrich all audiences.

Rancho Camulos


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Rancho Camulos To Reenact Author Helen Hunt Jackson's Historic Visit


Article: Rancho Camulos To Reenact Author Helen Hunt Jackson's Historic Visit
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Allison Pari