Hayward in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Meek Mansion
Built in 1869 by William Meek, a pioneer of commercial agriculture, the mansion is characteristic of the affluent agricultural society of the Victorian era in California.
The estate is on the site of the former Rancho San Lorenzo. This area became known as "Cherryland" because of the many cherry trees planted by Meek.
In 1964, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District purchased and began renovation of the mansion. In 1972, the mansion became a State Landmark and in 1973, it was placed on the National Registry of Historical Places. In 1991, the Hayward Historical Society became responsible for operation of the mansion.
Erected 1994 by E Clampus Vitus, Joaquin Murrieta Chapter #13.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 37° 41.069′ N, 122° 6.774′ W. Marker is in Hayward, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Boston Road Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17365 Boston Road, Hayward CA 94541, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); The McConaghy Estate (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Palmtag Building (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hayward Public Library (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rancho San Lorenzo (approx. 1.9 miles away); NSGW Hall - Eden Parlor No. 113 (approx. 1.9 miles away); I.D.E.S. Council Hayward #14 (approx. 2 miles away); Site of First Public School in Castro Valley (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hayward.
Regarding The Meek Mansion. In 1972 the mansion became a California Point of Interest, not a California Historical Landmark.
Also see . . . Meek Estate History -- Hayward Area Historical Society. William Meek, planner and builder of the Meek Mansion, was one of the first pioneers of commercial agriculture in Alameda County. From his arrival in 1859 to his death in 1880, Meek worked energetically to develop the fertile agricultural region lying in and around Eden Township. (Submitted on May 11, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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