Ventura Farms

Ventura Farms, previously known as Deerwood Stock Farm and Kentucky Park Farms, lies in the Hidden Valley in Thousand Oaks, California.[1][2][3] The 2,200-acre (890 ha) ranch has been featured in a number of Western films and is still used for filming. The main activity has long been the raising of thoroughbred horses.[1] It is situated at the east end of Lake Sherwood near the entrance to the Hidden Valley.[4]

Ventura Farms
Location within California
General information
LocationHidden Valley
Address235 W Potrero Rd, Thousand Oaks, California
Coordinates34.1453°N 118.8892°W / 34.1453; -118.8892
OwnerDavid H. Murdock

The ranch consists of various gardens, such as an English Garden, Family Garden, Secret Garden, Arabian Division, etc. Also at the farm is a herd of Santa Gertrudis cattle, Kashmir sheep, Reindeer, Arabian horses, and around 800 Koi. Architectural features include the Sound of Water Pavilion, Japanese Tea House, Chinese Scholar House, Poet’s House, and an 1,800 square feet (170 m2) conservatory housing 25,000 orchids.[5]

The Deerwood Stock Farm was owned by J.C. Dellinger from prior to 1944 until 1978, when David Murdock, CEO of Dole Corporation purchased it and renamed it Ventura Farms.[6] The ranch may have been started by F. W. Matthiessen and given the original name Kentucky Park Farms. It was then property of Carleton F. Burke, California Horse Racing Board’s first chairman.

In motion picture

The ranch has been features in films and TV-series such as:[7] It was under Dellinger’s ownership that movies were first shot here.


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  2. Barraclough, Laura R. (2011). Making the San Fernando Valley: Rural Landscapes, Urban Development, and White Privilege. University of Georgia Press. Page 93. ISBN 9780820335629.
  3. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2018-07-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. Sample, Herbert A. (January 21, 1985). "Hidden Valley Residents Bask in Life on Edge of Urbanization". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  5. "Scenes From the Ventura Farms Inaugural Concours Invitational Fundraiser Today". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  6. O’Brien, Tricia (2007). Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. Arcadia Publishing. Page 87. ISBN 9781439661956.
  7. Schneider, Jerry L. (2015). Western Filming Locations Book 1. CP Entertainment Books. Page 133. ISBN 9780692561348.
  8. Wayne, Gary. "Crisis - Filming Locations".
  9. Reid, John Howard (2006). Great Hollywood Westerns: Classic Pictures, Must-See Movies & "B" Films. Lulu, Inc. Page 99. ISBN 9781430309680.
  10. "'Westworld' makes a scene in Agoura".
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