Old California

We’ve always been fascinated by the tales of old California.  People coming from all over the world in search of gold and silver, fertile lands to farm, or just to create a home for a new generation of Californians.  

Lex, Sar and I visited the Ojai Museum in Ojai, California just recently.  Ojai is a unique little sanctuary of resort spas, a small shopping precinct, a world famous music festival, well-known spiritual center, and was home to a now deceased centenarian artist, Beatrice Wood.

To get to know the area, we visited the Ojai Museum housed in a former Catholic Church.  It was charming but also very informative.  We were delighted by the exhibit that is currently on display about the former inhabitants of the area.




Mama Dada?



The founder of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)  She decided to create the organization when she observed a retired teacher living in a chicken coop because it was all that she could afford on her pension.


Remnants and relics of the former Catholic Church



Edward Libbey founder of the Libbey Glass Company was fond of Ojai and helped in beautifying the downtown district in the 1920’s



A special exhibit of the valley inhabitants during the Rancho Era and their descendants





The Legend of Zorro was inspired by Joaquin Murrieta



Yes, a relative of that famous Cuban Congo player, Desi Arnaz of “I Love Lucy” fame.



A hair wreath



Tales of Old California and perhaps some gossip?


Well, we hope you enjoyed this visit as much as we did.  We couldn’t fit all of the wonderful exhibits in this post but perhaps we will visit again in the future.

Ojai Museum:

​Sun 12n-4pm, Tues-Sat 10a-4pm
Suggested donation: $5 adults, $1 children 6-18
Free: current members, under 6
and, through Labor Day,  military members and their families

Address: 130 W. Ojai Ave

21 thoughts on “Old California

  1. MadRose says:

    So glad you are traveling and sharing it with us again! Love to share in it and learn! I remember the older version of Ojai. My dream was to live there, or near there. Maybe when I win that lottery…..Thanks for the great pictures, and good information.

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    • Thank you! Yes, it’s a lovely place with beautiful oak trees and a quaint downtown. If you win that lottery, we would come visit you all of the time 🙂 Take care- Neek


  2. This must have been a wonderful day of reading up on another age. A good museum can transport you to another time so easily. That painting of the gossiping women is so pretty. I am riveted by the fashion of the day.

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  3. Ahoy there matey! I am so glad to find someone else who takes photos of informative signs. I get mocked by most people I know for doing this. Not that I care. I want to remember the cool facts. Thank ye kindly for sharing these. Arrrr!
    x The Captain

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