San Ramon, California's Forest Home Farms is a 16-acre (6.5-hectare) municipal historic park. Ruth Quayle Boone bequeathed the property and all buildings on it to the City of San Ramon in 1997 in memory of her husband, Travis Moore Boone, for use as a park and historical site. The City extended the memorial to include Ruth Boone after her death in 1998 at the age of 94, in appreciation of her generosity to the people of San Ramon and in recognition of the contribution women made to agriculture in the San Ramon Valley.
Ruth Quayle Boone bequeathed Forest Home Farms, a 16-acre Boone family farm, to the City of San Ramon in 1997 to be used as a municipal historic park in memory of her husband, Travis Moore Boone. The 16-acre farm sits at the base of the East Bay Hills, with Oak Creek separating it almost evenly.
Many of the structures constructed or used by the Boones can be found in the site's northern section. There are two homes, fourteen outbuildings, and two pergolas among the structures. The homes in the valley span nearly a century of residential development. The Boone Home, a 22-room Dutch colonial built in 1900, has been remodeled many times.
The fourteen outbuildings range in age and size from a barn constructed between 1850 and 1860 to a 7000 square-foot farm machinery and vehicle storage structure and a three-building walnut processing plant with a three-story hulling and drying structure. The Glass House Museum, a Victorian Italianate style home and its tank house built in 1877, is now located on the southern portion of the property. The Glass House is a two-story wood frame house with a one-story wing on the back. The tank house is a two-story, wood-frame building that is possibly slightly older than the house, though it has been changed from its original state.
The livestock, such as horses and cattle, are enjoyable to watch. The house is historically important. There's a windmill nearby. Check the hours before entering the house. It's also nice to stroll around and take pictures of the scenery.
Forest Home Farms Historic Park is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Otocast app allows you to take a self-guided tour. Farm Life Education and Victorian Life Education are two award-winning educational programs offered by the park. Both programs were created to meet third-grade curriculum standards, but they have been adapted to host grades two through five. The Farm Life Education Program was made available in a virtual format beginning October 2020, allowing teachers and students to continue to enjoy the content in their virtual classrooms during COVID-19-related restrictions. During non-restricted hours, the historic park also hosts a variety of group tours and free Saturday programs.
This amazing kid-friendly park is just one of the many must-see sights you don’t want to miss in San Ramon, California:
Rancho San Ramon Community Park
San Ramon Athan Downs
Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve
Boone Acres Park
Bollinger Canyon Fountain
All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short distance from our location at 9835 Belladonna Drive in San Ramon!