San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Umbarger House
Late Nineteenth Century Homelife in a San José Farmhouse
Like many ex-miners who remained in California, Umbarger started farming in order to make a living. He dedicated his land to wheat and grain production.
After Umbarger died in 1891, his land was divided and sold. The house remained on a six and one-half acre lot which changed owners several times. The Umbarger House was moved to the History Park in 1870.
The rest of Umbarger’s property became small farms and building lots as well as part of Umbarger Road in southeast San José. In August 1946, thirty-two acres of land were sold to become the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
Visit the “kitchen garden” behind the hose. This type of garden was a common feature found in the Santa Clara Valley. The Umbargers would have grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
To find out more about the Umbarger House and farming in the Santa Clara Valley during the late nineteenth century, pleas visit our website: www.historysanjose.org.
Erected by San Jose Historical Museum Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. 37° 19.215′ N, 121° 51.552′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Senter Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Zanker House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chiechi House (within shouting distance of this marker); Coyote Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Empire Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ng Shing Gung (about 300 feet away); Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn (about 300 feet away); O’Brien’s (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
More about this marker. This marker is located in History Park, a part of San Jose’s Kelly Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 547 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.