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Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont

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Farm · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
George Washington Patterson came west in 1849 to seek his fortune in the goldfields of California. Instead he "struck gold" in the fertile farm fields of southern Alameda County.

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.
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  • This is a working farm in the Fremont area. There is a small fee to enter on most days with a higher fee for days when the train runs, and also for special events. There is an historic Patterson...  more »
  • Nice outdoor venue, warm during the afternoon in July but as evening came it got a bit chilly and mosquitos started to attack.  more »
  • These were from the Sept 1st 2019 Sunday event where they had a train / rail themed festival. Some interesting model trains. I think the small animal exhibit is a permanent part of the farm. $12 to get in for adults that day. It's a nice place to bring family. Charming farm house with small animals, foods for purchasing, great to stroll around leisurely.
  • Good place to visit with family. It is is a working farm producing grain and vegetables. You will find many farm animals like sheep, goats, pigs, peacocks etc. Enjoyed the train ride in the farm. There is a snacks shop in the location. Good number of great events takes place here. There is a mansion in the farm, know as Patterson House. Ardenwood Historic Farm is managed by the East Bay Regional Park District.

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