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The Burrage Mansion is private property and is not open to public tours. Entrance to the grounds is permitted by appointment only. Nonprofits serving disadvantaged children are invited to apply for use of the facility. Adults interested in volunteering their time and talents are invited to contact the foundation office or any of our partner organizations.

1205 W. Crescent Avenue Redlands, CA 92373

909.793.5251 – burragemansion@gmail.com


Tim grew up in Redlands and graduated from Redlands High School in 1965.

He founded and developed multiple, successful NYSE-listed oil and natural gas companies. He was founding CEO & President of Arena Resources—which was named to the list of “Top-Ten Growing Companies” for three consecutive years—and is currently Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Texas-based RING Energy, Inc., an NYSE-listed company.

Tim has purchased and restored several historic buildings in downtown Redlands. He acquired the Burrage Mansion in 2007 and soon thereafter established the Rochford Foundation.

Tim married his high school sweetheart, Carol Drewitz, in 1967. They divide their time between homes in Rancho Mirage and Lake Tahoe. Tim and Carol have two children, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


 Interview Video 10:26 minutes

Ellen Timothy met Tim Rochford in 2008 and soon after became director of the newly established Rochford Foundation-Burrage Mansion. She co-ordinates events and activities, implements programs, suggests toys Tim should buy for the kids, and is the foundation liaison to the Redlands community.

Ellen received her B.A. degree in theater arts from UC Berkeley, her M.A. degree in children’s theater from Cal State U Humboldt, her M.Ed. in multicultural education and Ph.D. in education from University of Washington. She taught theater and directed plays for both universities and community theaters, and later taught university education and teacher training.

Ellen married her high school sweetheart, John Farley, in 2004 and moved from Seattle to Redlands. Ellen has two children and one grandchild.


Leonard and Tim Rochford met as kids on their neighborhood sidewalk when teen-aged Leonard stomped to pieces Timmy’s cute little toy truck. Later, they became life-long friends.

When Tim bought the Burrage Mansion, he asked Leonard to be superintendent in charge of restoration, upgrades, and maintenance of the mansion and grounds.

Leonard’s family moved to Redlands when he was 12 years old. He attended Redlands High School and then worked as an auto technician for General Motors throughout the Inland Empire for 30 years.

Leonard married his high-school sweetheart, Sandra Fey, in 1965. They live in Yucaipa and have three children, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.