Robert P. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum
137 Strathearn Place
Simi Valley, CA  93063

(805) 526-6453
Website
 
  
Year Founded:
    1969
Description:
   Robert P. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum became a reality in 1969, thanks to the generosity of the descendants of Simi Valley pioneers Robert P. and Mary Strathearn. Through the joint efforts of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District and the Simi Valley Historical Society this park has been available to the public for an enjoyable and educational experience ever since.
    In 1892 the elder Strathearns incorporated the remaining two rooms of the old Simi Adobe into what became their home, which remains at this park site today. The Strathearn residence also occupies a part of the site of the Chumash Village names Shimiji, from which the name Simi comes.
    Within this 6 acre site, a visitor can readily see elements from three important periods of Simi Valley history: Chumash Indian, Spanish Rancho and American. On August 5, 1988, El Rancho Simi was declared State Historical Landmark No. 979 be the State Historical Resources Commission.
    The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, Simi Valley Historical Society, City of Simi Vally, volunteers and local pioneer families have worked hard together to create a very unique park with additional Simi Valley historic buildings that have been relocated to this wonderful place.
Museum Category:
    Historical


Business Hours:
    9 to 3 Monday thru Friday, 1 to 4 Saturday & Sunday
Location Type:
    Historic Site
Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   MasterCard,   Visa,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,  
General Business Classification:
    Museums, Historic Sites, Attractions
    Categories:
    Antiquities Museum
    Estate / Historic Home
    Historic Site
    Historical Organizations
    Historical Places
    Historical Research
    Monument
    Museums/Attractions/Historic
    National Monument
    Natural History Museum
    Parks
    Tours

Legal Entity:
    Non-Profit
Average Visit:
    1 to 2 hours
Admittance:
    During normal business hours.
Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor/Outdoor Location
Parking On-Site?
    Yes   --   Free parking is available
Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes
Smoking?
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Permitted
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Permitted
Pets Allowed?
    Some restrictions
Guided Tours?
    Yes
Classes Offered?
    Yes.

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 Recent Buzzes!!
2/3/14 - Civil War Encampment at Strathearn Park -- 2/15
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Strathearn Historical Park and Museum will host a Presidents Day weekend Civil War Encampment from 10 AM - 4 PM Sat. Feb 15th and 10 AM - 3 PM Sun. Feb. 16th at the park.
Step back in time to a soldier's camp in 1862 as Union, Confederate and civilian reenactors show the soldiers' way of life throughout a typical encampment day in a non battle environment. Authentic Civil War artifacts will be on display.
A Lincoln impersonator will deliver the Gettysburg Address on Saturday and Sunday.
Presented by ... Robert P. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum
Venue ... Robert P. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum
10/13/13 - Ghost Tours at Strathearn Park -- 10/13-10/27
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Ghost Tour at Strathearn Park is a family orientated event. Experience the history of Simi Valley through the eyes of the Ghosts of Simi Valley Past.
Ghost Tour at Strathearn Park explores the history of Simi Valley in a humorous and entertaining way. You will be led through Strathearn Park making 13 stops along the way.
Tours are limited to 20-25 people Admission: $10.00 Adults, $8 Children 6-10 (no charge for Children under 5) Tours last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes A new Tour will start approximately every 8-12 minutes Reservations taken for groups of 10 or more
Free parking is available along Strathearn Place. Please follow directions of Parking Attendants. All tours are filled on a first come basis. This is a walking/standing tour with limited seating at a few of the stops. The tour can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. No flashlights allowed inside the park. No flash photography or sound recording allowed within the park. Ghost Tour at Strathearn Park is a family friendly event. It is NOT a "Haunted House" type of event and is appropriate for children of all ages. It is the history of Simi Valley told in a very entertaining way by those who created it.
Presented by ... Robert P. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum
Venue ... Strathearn Historical Park & Museum  Website
10/19/12 - Ghost Tours Share Simi's Historical Stories!
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Meet the ghosts of the famous and infamous of Simi Valley as they once lived,,,,,and died. The ghosts will be walking on Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Tours are limited to 20-25 people Admission: $10.00 (no charge for children under 5) Tours last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes A new Tour will start approximately every 10-15 minutes Reservations taken for groups of 10 or more - 805-526-6453 Click Here For Group Information Free parking is available along Strathearn Place. Please follow directions of Parking Attendants. All tours are filled on a first come basis. This is a walking/standing tour with limited seating at a few of the stops. The tour can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. No flashlights allowed inside the park. No photography or sound recording allowed within the park. Ghost Tour at Strathearn Park is a family friendly event. It is NOT a "Haunted House" type of event and is appropriate for children of all ages. It is the history of Simi Valley told in a very entertaining way by those who created it.
Reservations recommended for groups of 20 or more.
Venue: Robert P. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum.  Website
2/13/12 - Civil War Encampment -- February 18 & 19
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A glimpse into the most important period in our country's history since the Revolution Lincoln Impersonator William Peck will give the "Gettysburg Address" on both days.
Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is hosting a Presidents’ Day weekend Civil War encampment. Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the soldiers’ way of life throughout a typical encampment day with Union, Confederate and civilian re-enactors. On both February 18th and 19th, there will be “Living History” presentations throughout each day which provide insight into the daily activities of Americans on both sides who served in America’s greatest trial by fire. The re-enactors will be actually living the soldiers’ way of life for the entire weekend – pitching tents, cooking, cleaning, firing muskets and pistols and telling their stories in a non-battle environment. Both men and women had roles in this important period in our country’s history. Highly regarded Lincoln impersonator, William Peck, will be delivering the “Gettysburg Address” both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to encampment activities, all buildings within the park will be open for touring, with docents available for historical information. The public is invited on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Daily admission is $5 for anyone over age twelve - $3 for children five to twelve years old. Children under five are free Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is at 137 Strathearn Place in Simi Valley (the street behind Target off Madera Road)
Venue: Robert P. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum.  Website
10/19/11 - Ghost Tours at Strathearn Park
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Meet the ghosts of the famous and infamous of Simi Valley as they once lived,,,,,and died. The ghosts will be walking on Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday nights. ----- Tours depart every minutes and are approximately 1 hour long. ----- Reservations recommended for groups of 20 or more. ----- Venue: Robert P. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum.  Website
10/14/10 - Ghost Tour in Strathearn Park
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Meet the ghosts as they once lived.......  Website
1/27/10 - Historical Society to train Volunteers
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We are offering classes to volunteers for various programs. Registration is open for training classes scheduled for 7 to 9 PM on Monday and Thusday, Feb. 8th and Feb. 10th. The program includes lessons on Chumash Indian, Spanish Ranchero and American periods of Simi Valley's history.  Website
12/9/09 - Pat Havens, Simi Valley's city Historian to autograph her books!
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The self-published "Simi Valley: the Strathearn Letters, Windows on the Past" is a beautifully designed tome featuring transcriptions of the 360 letters of the collection of letters from the Strathearn family.  Website
10/1/09 - Ghost Tours at Strathearn Park
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Ghost Tour at Strathearn Park explores the history of Simi Valley in a humorous and entertaining way. You will be led through Strathearn Park making 13 stops along the way  Website
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