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“Many of the tools were locally used by early settlers”

Guy B Woodward Museum
Ranked #6 of 36 things to do in Ramona
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Owner description: The Guy B. Woodward Museum's Verlaque house is an 1886 original adobe of French Provincial design fully furnished in period antiques. Out buildings include 1874 cowboy bunk house, tack shop and blacksmith shop, 7-ton steel jail, replicas of a one-room schoolhouse, millinery shop and post office. Extensive grounds include a honey processing shed, buggies, wagons, mining and farm equipment, plus extensive archives of local historic biographies, photographs, school records, and newspapers dating to 1800's.
san diego
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69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Many of the tools were locally used by early settlers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

The building style is unique for this area with wide porches to the sunny exposure to keep the adobe walls shaded and with a basement. A collection of farm implements and tools and medical instruments will stimulate one's curiosity. The one room school might be familiar to some visitors and the steel box jail will be recognized by the outlaws. It's not expensive and it's a great way to spend a free hour or two or more. There are audio stations for self guided groups and docents are usually nearby.

Visited March 2014
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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

Small local museum with a lot of history about the whole value. Delightful museum guide, she had first hand information regarding the actual family who collected many of the pieces at the museum. a must do for the family.

Visited October 2013
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california
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39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Tiny, but Spectacular Local History Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

My daughter and I spent part of a chilly afternoon exploring this wonderful little gem of a museum in the middle of downtown Ramona. We were greeted by the 'watch cat', who then accompanied us around the outdoor part of the museum. We checked out the old apiary house, the telegraph room, a wonderful old 'mobile home' (one of the first invented), all kinds of local equipment hanging on the walls and littering the floor in the back of the star attraction- the Woodward House. The equipment runs the gamut of the historical times- from mining materials to old telegraph interchanges, fire fighting equipment, plumbing tools, wrenches, and old lanterns hang from the rafters. The only wish we both had was that the material was better marked- very little had explanation or information on it. There was a docent on the property, and we then were given a whirl-wind tour of the wonderful buildings on site. There are a bunkhouse, a tack house, a jail- just a one cell-, a millinery shop, a one room school house, and the big house. All of the places are actual buildings reconstructed back on these premises as they were when they were brought in- it's like going into a time warp! The docent also took us down into the basement of the main house. It is crammed with all kinds of film equipment, sports memorabilia, and some of the children's games and playthings from turn of the century. The main house is one of a very few French Colonial houses still left standing in the west- and furnished with all the items you would find in the time frame of the house. It has been carefully kept up and in places restored to the period.
We did not have nearly enough time to see and explore everything that this little jewel of a museum had to offer. We will definitely be going back to enjoy more of the local history, plus the wonderful stories that the docent could tell us!
Note that the museum is only open certain times and days, so do check first before making the trip- it is definitely worth the effort if you enjoy history, and have an interest in the gold rush times!

Visited January 2013
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“A step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

This little local museum is a real gem. Don't miss it on your drive through town. All the docents are well versed in the history of the museum and the history of the town. You won't be sorry!!!

Visited August 2012
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Hartford, Wisconsin
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116 reviews
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“a true study of western ingenuity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

This museum is a patchwork quilt of the old west. It is filled with memories and artifacts from friends and families of the first settlers of Ramona. Definitely a do-not-miss in Ramona. Thanks to our docent, Ted, we got a true sense of how hard a life it was in the early years, but also, how wonderful, Limited open times for the museum - call ahead 1-760-789-7644.

Visited July 2012
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