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.
Born at the end of the American Civil War, Adolfo lived to see the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in the late 1950s. Nearly a century of accomplishments can be overwhelming to take in, and for many visitors Don Adolfo Camarillo is a larger-than-life figure. In this exhibit, the Camarillo Ranch Foundation invites you to meet Adolfo in a more intimate setting. By exploring this curated collection of his belongings, we hope that you connect with the City of Camarillo’s founding father on a personal level.