This farm was originally owned by the George & Clara Patterson family from the 1850s. It was turned over to the City of Fremont in 1978, and the East Bay Regional Park District has operated the property as a fully functioning, turn-of-the-last-century farm since 1985. A visit here is a journey back to the time of the 1850s Patterson Ranch--a prosperous, 19th-century country estate with a beautiful Victorian mansion and elaborate Victorian Gardens.
The farm still grows the same kind of produce that was grown in the region in the last 100 years, utilizing agricultural practices from the 1870s to the present, demonstrating the transition from horse-powered to horsepower farming. The interpretive staff and volunteers, attired in Victorian clothing, guide guests through the Victorian house, demonstrate farm chores, and explain what life was like in the early 1900s. From December to mid-February monarch butterflies overwinter here.
Since Ardenwood is a working farm, the daily activities change from season to season so no two visits will be exactly alike. An entry fee applies. (Normally $2 - $6 - For complete details visit our website. Special Events are priced separately.) Free parking.
HAY HARVESTING 1pm, Sundays, June 10, 17, 24 Join in the fun of an old-fashioned hay harvest! Ride the hay wagon into the fields and help load and haul the freshly mown hay back to the hay stack. We'll discover the difference between hay and straw.
National Get Outdoors Day 11am-3:30pm, Saturday, June 9 Visit the sheep and goats (11 am.), make a nature collage (12:30 pm), meet a bunny (1:30 pm), play old-fashioned games (2 pm), animal feeding (3 pm).
Harvest popcorn and Indian corn with us on the farm every October. Check our website for dates and times.
Other farm programs year-round!
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