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Ardenwood Historic Farm
Copyright: - East Bay Regional Park District
Ardenwood Historic Farm
Description - 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 Today the Historic Farm exhibits agricultural practices from the 1870s to the present, demonstrating the transition from horse-powered to horsepower.Through Ardenwood`s educational programs, visitors can see and participate in many activities common to a turn-of-the-century farm. Weekdays, naturalists provide programs for school classes and other groups by reservation. Non-reservation weekend programs include the planting, tending and harvesting of Ardenwood`s organic crops, farm chore demonstrations, and hands-on experiences for the whole family.

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Special event entry fees vary; call for updated information. See Contact Information for phone number. Special events include an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration, summer and fall harvest festivals, special music concerts, recreations of Victorian social events, and Ardenwood's Victorian Christmas in December. Since Ardenwood is a working farm, the daily activities change from season to season so no two visits will be exactly alike.

Restoration of the Patterson House is a project of the city of Fremont. Volunteers conduct house tours; see Contact Information for phone number.

Fresh picked organic vegetables are sold just inside the main gate. The stand is open daily from late May through October.

Ardenwood Historic Farm is open from 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesdays through Sundays, year round, including Labor Day and Memorial Day. There is also a special Christmas program. During the winter months, the grounds are open Tuesdays through Sundays, with no special programs.

Recreation - A visit to Ardenwood Historic farm centers around 19th century life. Come and enjoy house tours, special events, seasonal celebrations, naturalist programs, garden scents and sights, and agricultural practices.

Climate - Climate in the San Francisco Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - To reach Ardenwood Historic Farm from Fremont, take exit Highway 84 at Ardenwood / Newark Boulevard. Go north on Ardenwood Boulevard. The entrance is just north of Highway 84.

Public transportation: Take AC Transit bus #29 from Union City BART to the bus stop on Newark Boulevard under the freeway. Bus runs every 30 minutes weekdays; hourly weekends and holidays. To return, the bus stop is on Newark Boulevard just south of the freeway in front of the shopping center.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Patterson House, Victorian Gardens
ICON Viewing Interpretive Sites Educational Programs
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Agricultural Practices from 19th Century

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Contact Information:
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard , Fremont, CA, 94555, Phone: 510-562-7275

Additional Information:
East Bay Regional Park District - Picnic, hike, camp, fish, ride a bike, ride a horse, and explore nature at a Regional Park in the San Francisco East Bay area.

East Bay Regional Park District - Official agency website.
Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources - Ardenwood's horse-drawn railroad.
Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources - Ardenwood's horse-drawn railroad.
The Picnic People - The California Parks Companies


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