We are currently awaiting Alameda Counties orders before we are able to open again because of Covid 19. we look forward to working with students soon.
Learn about historic Oakland by touring a lovely old home built as a wedding present in 1884 . This home is what remains of one of the Gentleman Farmers estates of Old Oakland.
The Oak Tree Farm originally bordered International Ave. to 23rd to Foothill to Fruitvale Ave. The Farm was sold in 1886. This house and all its contents are what is left. Remarkably, The descendents of the original family still work to save the house.
The original contents, furnishings, wall papers and rugs are still in their places.
In 1990 when the last and youngest sibling Emelita died, the family members gave up their inheritance to create a 501C3 non- profit . Our mission is to have the house be used as a study center for all students who are interested California history in the time period 1874- 1940.
Opportunities for your classes
“For K-3rd grade.
Inside: Who lived here? Learn about the family that grew up in this house. What did they do on a daily basis? What did they do during the 1906 earthquake? How did this house run without electricity?
Outside: Explore the garden. See what plants are used for food. See what plants/trees are indigenous to the region. See the plants that were originally planted when the house was built. See our bee hive and taste honey, make butter and buttermilk.
For 4th grade - 12th grade
If your class has visited the Peralta Adobe which demonstrates the Californio period of our state's history, this house is a wonderful continuation of California history in this neighborhood. See original newspapers saved from 1900 which discuss world events at this time. Learn about the family was instrumental in the development of transportation throughout the Bay Area and the transcontinental railroad.
For a longer tour we can include the attic. Tours can be adapted to areas of study as requested by the teacher.
Outside activities can satisfy the community service requirements for students toward their graduation.
They can help beautify the yard by picking up trash and weeding in the garden, turning over the compost piles and digging out tree suckers. Different jobs happen different seasons.