|PLACE or EVENT||ARDENWOOD FARMS|
|DESCRIPTION||Historic Working Farm with corn, maze, horse-drawn cart, pumpkin patch.|
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.
A visit to Ardenwood is a journey back to the time of the Patterson Ranch - a prosperous, 19th-century country estate including a beautiful mansion and its elaborate Victorian Gardens. 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. Call (510) 796-0663 for information. 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.
Since Ardenwood is a working farm, the daily activities change from season to season so no two visits will be exactly alike. 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 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. Ardenwood is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
The farmyard, mansion and gardens are wheelchair accessible.
|AGE RANGE||Pre-school to 15 and up|
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|MY RATING (1-10)||9 Rating Formula|
|NAME||Bonnie and Don Finsthwait|
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