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DSCN0052The Carmel Valley Historical Society is committed to the preservation of Carmel Valley’s uniquely rich California history. From its first meeting in 1987 it soon incorporated and became a non-profit organization with a 501(C)(3) status.

Its board was formed and it became a member of the Conference of California Historical Societies and the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce. In the quarter century since the founding of CVHS, many past board members, members, and volunteers have made CVHS what it is today.

The Society has held many fund raisers and the Board eventually agreed to build a new building for its museum. With funds then available and after years of dreaming and planning, construction was started on the Society’s new building in January 2009 and was completed in early 2012.

Its collection committees have acquired a significant collection of artifacts and memorabilia through the years. One of the Society’s primary goals has been the documenting of oral histories from old timers who knew the valley “as it used to be” – when farming and ranching were the primary way of life. Audio and video tapes capture a fast-fading insight into historic Carmel Valley life.

CVHC east bldg sign 2The Society’s barn-like architecture building is located just north of the Carmel Valley Road on the southeast corner of the Carmel Valley Village’s Community Park.





Carmel Valley Ranching scenes, circa 1960’s:

  • Cowboy with chaps called "chinks," California style silver inlaid spurs, and "oxbow" stirrups.
  • San Clemente Rodeo, circa 1930s.
  • Cowhand roping a calf for branding at Rana Creek Ranch.
  • Holman Ranch Rodeo
  • Downing a calf for branding.
  • Roping a steer during a competition event.
  • Cowhand flanking and upsetting a large Hereford bull calf.
  • Cowhand making a "hind leg catch" during branding.
  • Roped calf ready to be downed and branded. Calf is a Santa Gertrudis breed developed by King Ranch of Texas.
  • Overlooking the Rodeo Arena at Holman Ranch, circa 1950s
  • Team roping at a competition event.
  • Rodeo at Rancho San Clemente in Carmel Valley, circa 1930s.