Fremont in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Ardenwood Historic Farm / George Washington Patterson Ranch
Has been placed on the
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 (was approx. 2.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Flight 93 Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of the Nation’s First Successful Beet Sugar Factory (approx. 3.2 miles away); First County Courthouse (approx. 3.2 miles away); Pioneer Schoolhouse & Chapel (approx. 3˝ 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.
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, Patterson’s 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 1900’s. 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. • Agriculture • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,179 times since then and 50 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.