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 boardered 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 live in the house and the original contents, furnishings wall papers and rugs are still in their places.
In 1990 when the last sibling died, The family gave up their inhertance 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. From what they did on a daily basis to what did they did during the 1906 earthquake. Learn about how this house ran without electricity until 1925.
Outside: explore the garden. See what plants were used for food. See what plants are originally native. See our bee hive and taste honey, make butter and buttermilk.
For 4th grade - 12th grade
California history and constitution history. See original newspapers saved from 1900. Learn about the development of transportation throughout the Bay area and the transcontenental railroad.
Longer inside tour, includes attic. Tours adapted to areas of study as requested by the teacher.
outside activites can satisfy the community service requirements. Helping pick up trash and weeds in the yard. Turning over the compost piles. digging out tree suckers.