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Forest Home Farms Historic Park

Forest Home Farms Historic Park is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the exception of San Ramon Historic Foundation events when gates open at 11:00 am and require a paid entrance.  Saturdays feature free family activities from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Take a tour of the restored Victorian Glass House Museum on Saturday at 1:00 pm for a fee of $5 per person payable by credit card only. Children ages 3 and under are free. See full listing of activities below. 

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Victorian Mourning Tour 

Saturdays in October
October 5 & 26, 11:30am*
October 12 & 19, 1:00pm*

Visit the  Glass House Museum on Saturdays in October for a special tour exploring how the Glass family honored the dearly departed in the late 1800s.  The House will be decorated as a Victorian house in mourning. Docents will discuss proper Victorian mourning etiquette for home décor, clothing, funerals and social behavior, as well as superstitions, séances, mementos and a few other popular practices of the time. 

*Last tour starts at 2:00pm. $5 entry fee payable by credit card only.

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SATURDAY FREE* FAMILY PROGRAMS - 11 am To 2 pm

*Sheep Shearing Day & Oktoberfest fee required; gate opens at 11 am.

Oct 5               Oktoberfest presented by the San Ramon Historic Foundation

*Tickets required. For more information and tickets visit www.srhf.org

Oct 12             Pumpkins & Gourds

What's the difference between a pumpkin and a gourd? Come find out and decorate your own pumpkin!

Oct 19                         Rope Making & Hay Hoisting

Make rope the old fashioned way with our replica antique machine and use it to create some fun and useful knots. Then use an old fashioned machine to test your strength hoisting a hale bale and then see how easy it is to use pulleys to help with farm work.

Oct 26           Trick or Treat on the Farm  11AM - 3PM

Come in your Halloween costume for a Trick or treat adventure. Travel around the farm to different stations for activities and treats to take home!

Nov 2 Weaving & Wool

Sheep grow a fluffy coat of wool every year! Learn more about this gift and the sheep it comes from.  Herding demonstrations on the hour meet a sheep up close; learn about the process of turning a sheep’s fleece into something we can use. 

Nov 9 Beautiful Kernels of Corn

Come see the rainbow of colors of Indian corn.  Learn how to shuck corn, using the hand and mechanical shucking equipment. Then make a fun craft with the corn kernels.

Nov 16                        Candle Making

These days, candles are for special occasions. But in the 1800’s candles served as the only source of light after dark! Children would make candles to help their families by collecting and melting wax from beehives. Learn the process of candle making and make your own candle to take home.

Nov 23                        Bread & Jam

Before there were grocery stores people had to make their own staples at home and preserve them through canning. Learn about the canning process, taste some of the jam varieties that Ruth Boone made, make your own butter and bread to take home and bake.

Dec 7               Holiday Wreath Making

Make your own hand-crafted wreath to decorate for the holidays. Savor the scent of fresh greenery we will gather and use from around the Farm.

Dec 14              Holiday on the Farm

Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday gathering at Forest Home Farm Historic Park. Have a traditional holiday family experience including visits with our Victorian Santa and his reindeer, old-fashioned ornament making, a puppet show, holiday entertainment and refreshments.

 

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