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Fremont in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Ardenwood Historic Farm / George Washington Patterson Ranch

 
 
Ardenwood Historic Farm / George Washington Patterson Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
1. Ardenwood Historic Farm / George Washington Patterson Ranch Marker
Lower Left Plaque:
Ardenwood Regional Preserve, Leased to East Bay Regional Park District by the City of Fremont and The Fremont Park Facilities Corporation

Lower Right Plaque:
Funds for Walnut Allee Restoration and Train Station Landscaping Donated by The Ardenwood Park Partners Tea Committee
Inscription.
This Property
The
George Washington
Patterson Ranch

Has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

By the United States
Department of the Interior
November 29, 1985



 
Location. 37° 33.382′ N, 122° 3.06′ W. Marker is in Fremont, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Ardenwood Boulevard near California Highway 84. Touch for map. Marker is located just inside the entrance gate east of the parking area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont CA 94555, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leal Tank House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carter Brothers (approx. 2 miles away); Wind-Powered Archimedes Screw-Pump (approx. 2.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Flight 93 Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of the Nationís First Successful Beet Sugar Factory (approx. 3.2 miles away); First County Courthouse (approx. 3.2 miles away); Pioneer Schoolhouse & Chapel (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Chadbourne Carriage House (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fremont.
 
Regarding Ardenwood Historic Farm / George Washington Patterson Ranch.
Ardenwood Historic Farm / George Washington Patterson Ranch Marker and Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
2. Ardenwood Historic Farm / George Washington Patterson Ranch Marker and Plaques
In 1849 George Patterson came to California to find his fortune in the gold fields of the Mother Lode. After a year and a half of mining, he was ill and broke. He turned his attention to the thing he new well: farming.

He worked for farmers near Mission San Jose and gradually purchased land. He married Clara Hawly in 1877, and by that time he was well on his way to acquiring nearly 6,000 acres and was one of the wealthiest and respected men of the region.

Today, Pattersonís home and farm is part of the East Bay Regional Park District. It is a working historic farm run just as George Patterson did. Draft horses still pull railcars and plows. The land still grows the same crops, and the farmyard is still full of animals. Docents, dressed in period clothing, show visitors chores and domestic duties as they were done in the late 1800 – early 1900ís. Tours of the house are available and train and wagon rides allow visitors to witness the 205-acre farm, its animals, and crops.
 
Also see . . .  Ardenwood. The East Bay Regional Park District gives information and history of the park and shows a short video of "new arrivals" at the farm. (Submitted on March 20, 2010.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureNotable Places
 
George Patterson Family Home image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
3. George Patterson Family Home
Ardenwood was named after a forest area described in William Shakespeare's play "As You Like It"
The Mansion's South Side image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
4. The Mansion's South Side
Looking Northwest at the Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
5. Looking Northwest at the Mansion
Farm Equipment on Display image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
6. Farm Equipment on Display
A New Arrival at the Farm image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
7. A New Arrival at the Farm
Chickens on the Farm image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
8. Chickens on the Farm
Chickens were an important part of the farm; supplying eggs and food for the residents and farm workers as well as generating income by the sale of eggs and chicks.
Laundry Tubs image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
9. Laundry Tubs
Doing laundry before modern washing machines was a difficult, time consuming task. Collected here are some of the tools once used to do this arduous job.

Dirty clothes were put into washtubs filled with soapy water and scrubbed on a wooden washboard which had a corrugated zinc surface. A dolly stick, a wooden handle with four or five prongs at its base, was pounded up and down and rotated, aerating the wash and loosening the dirt. After washing, the clothes were placed into the cast iron caldron and boiled. The last of the soap was rinsed out and the clothes were then squeezed through the wringerís rubber rollers. Finally, the clothes were hung on the line to dry.
The Gazebo image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
10. The Gazebo
Located within the formal gardens.
The Train Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
11. The Train Station
Ardenwood is a fee use area. The train station is where visitors pay the entrance fee as well as board the train for a tour of the farm.
The Patterson Family image. Click for full size.
By Ardenwood Park Brochure
12. The Patterson Family
Left: George
Center: Henry and William
Right: Clara
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,099 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on March 20, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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