The museum features early Western culture: an 1886 adobe home furnished in period antiques, a jail, blacksmith & other shops, buggies, wagons & much more.
In light of the evolving health recommendations for Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the need for social distancing and precautionary measures, we feel that the most responsible decision for our Docents, guests students, and staff right now is to close the Museum effective today, Monday, March 16th, until the end further notice.
While this isn’t the easiest decision for us to make, we feel that it is the right one for the time being. For now, at least through the end of March.
Please note our website is down due to a technical issue. We’re working to resolve it.
REMEMBERING KEN WOODWARD (By Jeff Funk)
Immediately following our December potluck dinner I learned of Ken Woodward’s passing. I first became acquainted with Ken in the mid 1970’s when he was the Program Afloat College Education (PACE) Administer for Central Texas College, and I was the Educational Services Officer on the USS Constellation (CV-64). I remember the ship being several hundred miles off the coast of San Diego when the ship’s captain called me to the bridge and informed me that I would be immediately flown off the ship to San Diego, and that I was not to return until I had arranged to have an instructor assigned to teach a “English as a Second Language” course onboard the ship. I had contracts with several colleges and one high school, however none of them could help me. I was then referred to the local office of Central Texas College where I met Ken for the very first time. Ken was extremely sympatric to my problem. With his help I flew back to the ship three days later with an instructor, course curriculum and textbooks. Needless to say, Ken was my hero as he made me look great to the captain and through the next couple of years he assisted me in setting up several other college and vocational classes. The help I received from Ken was very typical of his can-do attitude and how he approached his everyday dealings with all individuals.
Upon moving to Ramona in 1983 I was again reunited with Ken through my wife Alice’s affiliation with the Guy B. Woodward Museum. Ken’s dedication to the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society and the Guy B. Woodward Museum found his life resolving around the museum and carrying on where his parents Geneva and Guy Woodward left off. Thank you so much, Ken.
For those members who don’t receive the Ramona Sentinel I am passing on the following from Ken’s obituary.
“Ramona Kenneth Paul Woodward was born in Oceanside, CA, on May 5, 1933, to Geneva and Guy Woodward. He passed away on December 19, 2019, in Escondido, CA. Ken attended Oceanside High School for three years and graduated from El Centro High School in 1951. At both schools, he was active in the athletic programs of football, basketball, and track. Ken was employed by the FBI while he attended San Diego State College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea during the Korean War. Following his discharge from the army, he graduated from San Diego State and began his teaching career at Oceanside High School. His first teaching assignment was for the mentally challenged. This was a new concept in education at Oceanside High School, and he faced the challenge of developing this new program and was successful. Ken was a popular and well-respected member of the coaching staff. He was a coach for the Varsity Track Team for several years. Ken was an administrator for Central Texas College for 15 years. He enjoyed golfing and hiking, and was active in the Ramona Historical Society, and Director of the Guy B. Woodward Museum. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard D. Woodward.”
It is with our sadness to announce one of our long term docents, friend of the museum and community, and a name sake to the museum, (Guy B. Woodward’s son), Ken Woodward, has passed away. Many of you may remember him, and he was a warm man with a vast amount of knowledge of Ramona and the backcountry in it’s earlier years.
The funeral will be at Bonham brothers funeral home January 4th. Viewing starts at 10am. Service is at noon with the procession to the graveside service after. From niece - Jessica Woodward.
If you would like to leave a favorite memory of Ken and his family please attend the services.
As part of our communication development, the RPHS (Ramona Pioneer Historical Society) newsletter will be posted.
The December 2019 issue is posted as a slide show and as an album.
Happy Thanksgiving!! We have a lot to be thankful for including our new webpage. Check it out at woodwardmuseum.net.
The foundation is in, new pieces and features will be added including a calendar. I hope you like this version and will give me feedback to continue to develop it.
Tom Taylor did such an awesome job with the previous version. We want to thank him for all of the hours he spent and the photos he's given us. Tom will continue to be our photographer and I will be our webmaster. Cheryl
Guy B. Woodward Museum Rack Card
Historical Society Welcomes Railroad Aficionado.
Ramona Pioneer Historical Society President Jeff Funk invites history and railroad buffs to the society’s potluck dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Guest speaker Jim Price will talk about the San Diego and Arizona Railway (SD&AE), and how 100 years ago, John D. Spreckels drove a golden spike at Carrizo Gorge, signifying the completion of what was dubbed "the impossible railroad,” which had taken more than 12 years to build.
Price has a longstanding interest in Western history, especially old mining towns and the railroads that served them. He and his wife, Joan, own a vacation home in Goldfield, Nev., where they are restoring a 130-year-old caboose.
The group will also discuss its gala dinner and centennial celebration planned for November.
The meeting will be held in the Barnett Barn on the grounds of the Guy B. Woodward Museum, 645 Main St. The public is welcome. Those who attend are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert to serve eight.
Thank you Ramona Home Journal for the article:
Historical Society Welcomes Railroad Aficionado
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Tonight! We are Cruzin' History! Come into the museum FREE and Cruise History with us during the Ramona Cruise night. We will be open 5:30-7pm.
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What a fun night at the Christmas Tree Lighting last night in front of the Guy B. Woodward Museum. Just beautiful! Thank you Ramona Chamber of Commerce & to all involved! The tree looks lovely! Many people attended & enjoyed the music & dancing, Car Show, & photos with Santa at the Town Hall.
1925 Hit & Miss Engine used to saw wood on Dobrotin Ranch in Ramona.
Thank you Regina Elling for your efforts in the design, planning & planting of the our rock & succulent gardens. Also to all who made donations to it. It sure has brightened up the grounds. And also to our maintenance man Ed Bates.
Good job all! 👍
Have you heard that the Guy B. Woodward Museum has been nominated by Hulafrog San Diego North, CA for the Most Loved Place to Go With Kids in San Diego North for 2018? Vote at the link below between now and 2/2/18 to find out who will be the most loved!
Thank you again to the Ramona Chamber of Commerce for putting up the beautiful Community Christmas Tree at the Guy B Woodward Museum.
Always a treat to host students from Montessori Children’s Elementary School, who have crafted the decorations for our Christmas tree for the past 20 years.
Thank you to the Logan family who visited the Guy B. Woodward Museum following their reunion!
Jeff Zevely from Ch. 8 Zevely Zone visited the Woodward Museum. Fun time!
Ed Bates in charge of our museum maintenance, is repainting the lattice work. Good job Ed! 👍
For more information about programs, meetings, or becoming a docent check our website woodwardmuseum.net.
Check out the Guy B. Woodward Museum...lots to see such as vintage wagons, blacksmith shop, cowboy bunk house, the historic 1886 adobe Verlaque House. Located in the heart of "Old Town Ramona."
What an amazing collection of antique wagons, buggies, original jail house, cowboy bunk house & much more!!
Thank you to the Ramona Garden Club, Regina & all who contributed to our rock gardens.
Ken Woodward by old homemade Lakeside ranch wagon.
The city of Ramona is putting its past and present on display to help revitalize the community, through a series of unique murals.
Photos from Guy B. Woodward Museum's post
Thanks Duane & Mischa Dobrotin & Ed Bates for repairing the door to the blacksmith's shop!
Come on out & enjoy!!!🌲🎅🏻
Thanks to the Ramona Garden Club for the beautiful Charles Faust plaque depicting historical farm & blacksmith's tools & the freight wagon that are also on display at the museum.
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Owned and Operated by The Ramona Pioneer Historical Society 645 Main Street, Ramona, CA 92065/Mailing Address: P.O Box 625, Ramona, CA 92065 Phone: (760) 789-7644 ~ www.WoodwardMuseum.net Hours: ~Saturday & Sunday 1-4 PM ~Thursday and Friday 1-3 PM ~Weekdays by Appointments ~Special Group Tours Available ~Archive Research by Appointment Admission is Free during regular open hours ~Donations Accepted ~Established Fees for Special Appointments & Special Group Tours ~Memberships Available. Includes Quarterly Newsletters and Programs
The tour features The Verlaque House, a French Provincial Adobe. Circa 1886