“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Palo Alto in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Homesite of Sarah Wallis

Mayfield Farm

State Historic Landmark 969 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, November 1, 2006
1. State Historic Landmark 969 Marker
Inscription. Sarah Armstrong Wallis (1825–1905) was a pioneer in the campaign for women’s voting rights. In 1870 she was elected president of California’s first statewide suffrage organization which in 1873 incorporated as the California State Woman Suffrage Education Association. The home she built on this site, Mayfield Farm, was a center of suffrage activities attracting state and national leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Ulysses S. Grant.
Erected 1986 by State Department of Parks & Recreation, Womens Heritage Museum of Palo Alto, City of Palo Alto. (Marker Number 969.)
Location. 37° 24.984′ N, 122° 7.818′ W. Marker is in Palo Alto, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on La Silva Drive 0.2 miles south of Military Way, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Nothing remains of the original homesite. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3899 La Silva Drive, Palo Alto CA 94306, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juana Briones Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Juana Briones. This is her park. (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mayfield Fire Bell (approx. 0.7 miles away); Play Ball! (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Crossroads of Mayfield (approx. 0.9 miles away); Town and Gown (approx. 0.9 miles away); J. Pearce Mitchell Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mayfield School (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Palo Alto.
Also see . . .
1. Sarah Wallis: A 20th-century life in the 19th century. An article by Steve Staiger of the Palo Alto Historical Association, from a series entitled, “A Look Back”. Originally published on Wednesday Jun 23, 1999. (Submitted on September 30, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Mayfield. A short "Paloaltowiki" article telling the history of Mayfield, which got its name from Mayfield Farm, along with vintage photos of town. (Submitted on March 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. Did President Grant Really Visit?. Blog article discussing the possibility that Grant did not, as listed on the marker, visit. Likely, if he did visit, it was in 1879. But the writer cites a lack of references (newspaper, Grant's writings, or other accounts) to confirm a visit. (Submitted on June 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
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