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Blacksmith Shop Open for Business

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The museum’s Hunt Blacksmith Shop will be open with the forge fired up and a smithy at work. Come and experience a bit of Conejo Valley history: blacksmiths were a vital part of our farming and ranching industry.

Most ranches would have had their own blacksmith workshop and the ranch blacksmith fashioned or fixed just about anything made out of metal, including horseshoes, farm equipment, and wagon parts. Blacksmith shops could also be found in most settlements. In Ida Addis Storke’s 1891 history of Ventura County, she mentions a blacksmith shop in Timberville, the hamlet which grew up around the Conejo Hotel in the late 1800s.