Brochure of Ardenwood Historic Farm, part of East Bay Regional Park District. Published by East Bay Regional Park District.
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Open year-round, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (no admittance after 4 p.m.), also Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Train rides are available from April to midNovember on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and during December events. ...is your key to the past A farmer’s legacy... Cattle still graze in the pastures. The land still grows the kind of crops George Patterson tended 150 years ago, and the farmyard is still full of animals. It was 1849 when George Patterson joined the stream of young men leaving the Midwest for California’s gold fields. His dreams left little room for failure, but after a year and a half of mining he was ill and broke, so he turned to work he knew well: farming. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Storms may close farm without notice. Fees and Event Information — See insert or www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood. Ardenwood Historic Farm is operated in partnership between the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) and the City of Fremont. EBRPD membership privileges include free admission (special events excluded). Dogs are not permitted. Service animals are excepted. Modern Recreational Equipment — i.e. Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, bicycles, as well as balloons, and BBQs are prohibited. Photo: Akio Higuchi House Tours are available from April to midNovember and during December events. Tours are conducted Thursday-Sunday and are limited. Tickets are available at the Arden Station on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be a minimum of 6 years of age to go on a tour. Tots tours are available. Groups of 20+ should make a reservation. Call 510-791-4196 for house tour information. George gradually bought land with the money he earned by working for farmers near Mission San Jose. By the time he married Clara Hawley in 1877, he was on his way to acquiring nearly 6,000 acres of land and was one of the wealthiest and most wellrespected men in the area. At last he had struck “gold” — not in the hills, but through farming the fertile plains of the East Bay. Today, Patterson’s original house and land are part of Ardenwood Historic Farm. We invite you to come and experience farm life as it was near the turn of the 20th Century. Reservations — Teachers or groups desiring a naturalist program or tour call 510-544-2797. To reserve E-I-O picnic site call 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757, option 2). For wedding and events call 510-754-9877 or visit www.ardenwoodevents.com. George Patterson Clara Hawley Patterson Children Henry and William Docents and Volunteers — Ardenwood depends upon volunteers for its continued operation. Your interest in restoration, farming, gardening, house tours, historic crafts, or farmyard demonstrations will help keep the farm growing and flourishing. For more information call 510-544-2797. CHLORIN E Po st 100% 4/17 r 10 0% A tremendous Ardenwood was community and Park named after a forest District effort has area described in brought the farm to this Shakespeare’s play point, but it is far from “As You Like It.” complete. We are busy restoring antique pieces of farm equipment and adding some things that weren’t here 150 years ago. So don’t make this your only visit! Come back soon to see how things are coming along. me su Ardenwood Brochure English_4-2017.indd 1 The East Bay Regional Park District and the City of Fremont invite you to come often to Ardenwood; to picnic, play, and see for yourself what life was like at the turn of the 20th Century. It’s a way of life nearly forgotten in the East Bay. n Co 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605 1-888-EBPARKS • www.ebparks.org Costumed docents EE FR PROCES S ED Staff and volunteers attired in Victorian clothing are on hand to show you through the Patterson family home, demonstrate farm chores, explain the social graces of the Victorian era, and guide you around the 205-acre farm. Annual harvesting Old-fashioned games Patterson House tours 4/5/17 1:01 PM eer Park Station 3 D For a ride to Arden Station (#1 on map), board the farm’s railway here. 15 B lacksmith Shop and Equipment Shed (circa 1850) Found here are the forge and various tools needed for making and fixing equipment on the farm. 13 C ountry Kitchen Check schedule for cooking demonstrations on our wood-burning stove. (April to mid-November) 16 F arm Animals Here you’ll find farm animals including rabbits, sheep, goats, and cows. 14 H aybarn (circa 1910) Equipment and tack are stored in the barn. Corn Room programs meet here. 17 Tractor Shed The farm’s antique tractor collection is here. Ardenwood Brochure English_4-2017.indd 2 3 Deer Park Station 20 19 Central Field 17 24 A rdenwood Historic Farm Park Operations Office 8 7 14 13 4 15 12 18 5 9 11 10 6 16 24 To Oakland N Visitor Center and Arden Station 1 Railway to Deer Park Station (See #3) Entrance B lv d. 23 22 2 Fre nt mo To San Jose 880 84 Ardenwood Historic Farm E nt r a n ce Ardenwood Blvd. L ak eB l vd . ve. is A 11 F armyard Picnic Area Picnic tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 21 Jarv 10 G azebo (re-created) A common feature on many Victorian-Era estates. Northwood 23 Tankhouse (reconstructed) Powered by a windmill, a tankhouse once provided the farm with water for the family and the crops. Step inside to explore our “Water Museum”. d. oR 9 T ennis Court (circa 1900) A clay tennis court was a real luxury back then. It’s been covered with asphalt for the time being. Eastwood cot 8 C hicken Coop and Farm Animals You’ll see chickens, turkeys, goats, and pigs. 21 Walnut Orchard (early 20th Century) ek C re l i da me Tr a A l a ion al Re g 7 E -I-O Picnic Area (reservable) A great place for family picnics, birthday parties, and gatherings for groups up to 50 people. BBQ available with reservation. 20 C ook’s House (late 19th Century) The cook’s house is now the Patterson House office. De 6 Greenhouse In this small glass house, seedlings and plants are protected from harsh weather year-round. 19 D eer Park Picnic Area Large groups enjoy using the tables and play field. 22 P asture Watch for the farm’s sheep and cows when they’re not in the farmyard. 4 Kitchen Garden The heirloom vegetable garden once provided the family with fresh produce. 5 P atterson House Home to three generations of the Patterson family. It began as George Patterson’s bachelor farmhouse built in 1857. The house was expanded with a Queen Anne addition in 1889 as the family, the farm, and their place in East Bay society grew. Check schedule for tours. 18 M ilk House (mid 19th Century) Discover how foods were preserved and stored in this very cool spot on the farm. rk way ool Site (reservable) 2 P This was the first concrete swimming pool built in the county. Now covered, it is used for special activities and weddings. 12 Granary (re-created) Naturalist programs, lectures, and demonstrations happen here. Check the current issue of Regional in Nature Activity Guide for a listing of activities. Paseo Padre Pa 1 Visitor Center and Arden Station the train station pick up the latest program At information, enjoy exhibits highlighting Ardenwood’s history or board the farm’s railroad for Deer Park Station (#3 on map). k w ar N e l vd . B To Dumbarton Bridge Ardenwood Historic Farm Southwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont, CA 94555 510-544-2797 • email@example.com 4/5/17 1:01 PM