The Forest Home Farms is a 16 hectare (6.5 ha) historic community park located in San Ramon, California. In 1997, in memory of her husband, Travis Moore Boone, Ruth Quayle Boone located the property and all the buildings thereon to the City of San Ramon for use as a park and historical site. After the death of Ruth Boone at the age of 94 in 1998, the City extended the memorial to include Ruth, in memory of her generosity towards the people of San Ramon, and an appreciation of women's contribution to agriculture in the San Ramon Valley.
The 16-acre (6.5 ha) farm is located at the base of the Berkeley Hills, and Oak Creek divides it into two sections that are almost identical. The site's northern portion includes all the buildings constructed or used by the Boones, except for the cistern, which sits on top of a hill at the property's southwest corner. The dwellings consist of two homes, 14 outbuildings, and two pergolas. The houses reflect nearly a century of in the valley residential growth. The Boone House is a Dutch colonial with 22 rooms, which has been remodeled many times since it was built in 1900.
Ultimately this home will serve as a retreat and meeting center. The fourteen outbuildings, which vary significantly in construction date and size, include a barn originally built between 1850 and 1860, a farm equipment and automotive storage structure with 7,000 square feet (650 m2), and a three-building walnut processing plant which includes a three-story hulling and drying structure.
The southern portion of the property now houses the David Glass House, the late 1860s to early 1870s Victorian-style building. This home had been moved to Lora Nita Farm from its original location. The Glass House is a two-story, wood-frame dwelling with a rear one-story wing, which may be older than the house's main body. The tank house is a two-story, wood-frame structure, which is possibly slightly later in date than the home, somewhat changed from the historic condition. The exterior of the Glass House is to be returned to its original glory soon. The landscaping around the home will be reworked after that part of the project to resemble a photo of the home from the 1890s. The photograph shows a windmill behind the home and the Henry Farm windmill will be installed there to better replicate the way the photograph portrays the Glass House.
This amazing attraction in San Ramon, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:
- Zscape Games
- The Bridges Golf Course
- Primavera Ristorante
- Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
- The Golden Skate
- Canyon Lakes Golf Course & Brewery
- San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Course
All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek California! Stop by for a visit anytime!