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Cupertino in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Everyday Life at the Ranch

 
 
Everyday Life at the Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 23, 2022
1. Everyday Life at the Ranch Marker
Inscription.  The main house was built in 1886 and was the primary home for four generations of the Picchetti family over the next 90 years. The house served as a social hub at the ranch, with family parties and frequent guests filling the space.

The area was also crucial to the ranch’s operation. The washhouse located behind the main house contained a brick oven for baking bread and a stove for processing fruit. The area to the west of the house held sheds for processing fruits and rows of drying racks where prunes and apricots would dry in the sun.

The aviary in front of the main house is one of several which John Picchetti, the son of Vincenzo, built to keep his pet birds. He also screened in the front porch of the homestead house for his birds. According to his grandchildren, he bred canaries and was trying to breed a blue canary. Although he never succeeded, he did breed a green one. The peacocks you see here today are part of John’s legacy of keeping birds at the ranch.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
Location. 37° 17.664′ 
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N, 122° 5.426′ W. Marker is in Cupertino, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Montebello Road, on the right when traveling west. The resin marker is mounted to a metal stand between the main house and winery building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13100 Montebello Road, Cupertino CA 95014, 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. The First Home on the Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Winery and Ranch Operations (within shouting distance of this marker); Picchetti Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevens Creek Dam & Reservoir (approx. 0.7 miles away); Garrod Farms (approx. 2 miles away); Arroyo de San Joseph Cupertino (approx. 2.3 miles away); Captain Elisha Stephens (approx. 2.6 miles away); Paul Masson Mountain Winery (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cupertino.
 
Marker in the foreground, Main house in the background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 23, 2022
2. Marker in the foreground, Main house in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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