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Forest Home Farms Historic Park /Glass House Museum Tours

Open the Second Saturday of Each Month • 10am to 2pm
Glass House Museum Tour at 10am, 11am, 12noon or 1pm
All About the Farm Tour at 11am & 1pm
Enjoy tours of the Glass House Museum, the farm and its history, interactive exhibits, including the tractor museum, and the beautiful grounds. Visit the Welcome Center and purchase old-fashioned toys and gifts at the Gift Shoppe. $5 per person, or $8 per person for both the Farm Tour and the Glass House Museum Tour.

The Glass House Museum is available, by appointment, during the week for private tours for groups of 10 or more. Call (925) 973-3284 for information.

Greetings! - Vintage Holiday Postcards

postcard exhibit

See at snapshot of history on a 4” by 6” card! Deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting and a new exhibit entitled: “Greetings! – Vintage Holiday Postcards” will showcase rare and beautiful holiday postcards from the Forest Home Farms Historic Park collection.

See beautiful hand-colored cards, rare leather postcards and historic photo cards, all dating from before 1920. The Exhibit is on display from December through February at the Glass House Museum and can be seen as part of a Glass House Museum tour. Group tours are also available by appointment. For more information, call (925) 973-3284.

Forest Home Farms Historic Park 2nd Saturday FREE Activities

Open the Second Saturday of Each Month • 10am to 2pm FREE

Glass House Tour: 10am, 11am, 12noon or 1pm
All About the Farm Tour: 11am & 1pm
Enjoy tours of the Glass House Museum, the farm and its history, interactive exhibits,
including the tractor museum, the beautiful grounds and free activities. Visit the
Welcome Center and purchase old-fashioned toys and gifts at the Gift Shoppe. Tours
are $5 per person, or $8 for both tours on the same day.

January 11- Chicken Tales
A chilly winter day is great time to sit in a sheltered spot and listen to a good story. Stop by to hear some chicken tales, make a chicken craft, and meet the chickens that live here on the farm. You can also learn about eggs, discover how these birds take a bath without water, and how some people are bringing a piece of farming to their homes with backyard chickens.


February 8 – Victorian Valentines
Sending paper Valentines became popular in the 1800’s, and the tradition continues today. Join us to make old-fashioned Valentine greetings and discover some of the history behind them.


March 8 – Mystery Gadgets and Tools
Over the years the patent office has been busy recording the latest ideas to make work in the kitchen and around the farm easier. See if you can guess what some of the objects in our collection were used for, and try using a few of these hand-powered devices.


April 12 – Spring on the Farm
Spring is the time for newly sprouted seeds and baby animals. Visit the farm to discover what plants are growing in the organic garden and see if the baby lambs have arrived. In the garden explore the beds to
find the new seedlings and look for helpful insects. You can also help out by watering or turning the compost, and then plant a seed to take home. If the new lambs are here, we’ll see if their moms will let us take a peek at these adorable babies.


May 10 – Thinking of Mom

Get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day the way the woman behind the holiday intended. Keep it simple and from the heart. Pen a letter to mom telling her why she is special, so you can deliver it to her on
her day with a white carnation. You can also take the “Are you my mother?” quiz to see if you can match pictures of baby animals with the right mother.

Glass House Museum Victorian Life Education Program Grades 2-5

GLASS HOUSE MUSEUMField trips can be booked Monday thru Friday
Call (925) 973-3284 to reserve your tour

The Glass House Museum is a restored 1877 Victorian Italianate style home located at Forest Home Farms Historic Park in San Ramon. The Victorian Life Education Program is designed for grades 2-5 and corresponds with the State of California History/Social Science curriculum. The field trip includes a tour of the home and age appropriate hands-on activities conducted by trained, costumed docents. The focus of the program is to help the student develop a better understanding of daily life in a Victorian era farm house from the mid to late 1800’s through 1910 in the San Ramon Valley. Field trips are scheduled weekdays and are available on a first come, first served, space available basis.

Group field trips----perfect for scouts and Birthday Parties

Fun with Farm Animals
For children’s groups of 10 or more, ages 5 and up. We have chickens, sheep and horses! On this 45-minute tour you can learn what animals eat, how they are cleaned, sheep-herding, and more! We work with scout groups to fulfill badge requirements. $5 per person.

Behind-the-Scenes with Tractors
For groups of 10 or more, ages 10 and up. Includes tour of the Tractor Museum with over 30 restored tractors. Visitors also get to take a look inside the machine shop, check out hands-on interactive displays, and view a video showing tractor restoration from start to finish. Tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. $5 person.

Dig in and Grow
For children’s groups of 10 or more, ages 5 and up. Come have an adventure in our organic garden! On this 45-minute tour children will learn about the principles of organic gardening, composting, recycling and the role of bees in the garden. This tour will include garden chores and fresh vegetable tastings, when available. $5 per person.

Preschool Fun at the Farm
For preschool groups of 10 or more, ages 3-5 and their chaperones. Come see the sheep, chickens, garden tractors, and more! We’ll sing some farm songs and enjoy some hands-on activities. There’s lots of fun waiting for you at the farm! $5 per person.

All About the Farm
This tour provides the background and history of Forest Home Farms Historic Park. Learn about the Boone Family that purchased the farm in 1899 and see all the buildings and exhibits including the Tractor Museum with over 30 restored antique tractors. For families and groups of 10 or more. $5 per person

Glass House Museum Victorian Farm Life
For groups of 10 or more, ages 5-up and their chaperones. The field trip includes a tour of the home and age appropriate hands-on activities conducted by trained, costumed docents. The focus of the program is to help children develop a better understanding of daily life in a Victorian era farm house from the mid to late 1800’s through 1910 in the San Ramon Valley. $5 per person.

See the flyer for more information: Forest Home Farms Tours

Support Forest Home Farms Historic Park

The San Ramon Historic Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that raises funds for historic preservation.  Here is a link to their website.  www.srhf.org

Volunteer at Forest Home Farms and the Glass House Museum

Benefits of Volunteering at Forest Home Farms Historic Park

  • Meet others who share your interests in history, education and the San Ramon Valley
  • Work at San Ramon's only historic site-on the register of National Historic Places
  • Be of valuable service to the community, families and children
  • Assist with preserving our local heritage
  • Volunteer get-together's including parties and field trips
  • Have fun at the farm!

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