The Circle Oak Ranch was purchased as bare land in the early 1970s by Ron’s parents. As a child, Ron & his family spent weekends and summers at the ranch as they slowly constructed the buildings that exist on the property today. The ranch was a retreat from their busy weekday life in Garden Grove, CA.
The property was named Circle Oak Ranch due to the many oak trees that circle the field where the grand oak stands today. Through out the years the ranch had Black Angus cows, horses, chickens, citrus groves, alfalfa fields, vegetable gardens, etc…
Ron’s family was drawn to the De Luz Valley as his mom lived in the valley as a child. In the 1940s, she graduated 8th grade from the one-room De Luz school house that is located around the corner from the ranch. You can view her diploma that is framed on the wall of the bunk house. The one room school house still stands and is a museum visited by Fallbrook students every year.
In the following decades, the ranch continued to be enjoyed by the Hammerton children, grandchildren and friends and created countless special memories. Below are some pictures from the early days at the ranch:
Years later, Ron & Jennifer made the ranch their permanent home and even held their own wedding on the property in 2012. The Circle Oak Ranch started hosting weddings as a result of family and friends asking to use the ranch for their own weddings. The weddings simply began increasing from word of mouth until Ron & Jennifer decided to open it to many other couples. It has been an honor to host so many special days and the ranch looks forward to many more in the future.