Holiday meeting at the Duveneck House, Hidden Villa

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Marc Sidel, the Hidden Villa Associate Director of Development presents a tour of the Duveneck House

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Duveneck Ranch, Hidden Villa, was once the location of a picturesque windmill from former ranch days when cattle freely roamed the hillsides.
Hidden Villa was the home of Josephine and Frank Duveneck. They purchased the 2,000 acre ranch in 1924 and moved there with their four children after building the Mediterranean-style house in 1929.

A family farmed on the valley floor. Some of the oldest buildings at the upper end of the farm date back to the days of stage coach travel. The old stage road to the coast ran for a short period from San Jose to Pescadero. Travelers stopped overnight at the white ranch house. The wooden barn housed horses.
Duveneck House, April 2009. Lana Ralston photo

A major part of this area is a gift from Frank and Josephine Duveneck who offered it as a gathering place for learning and enjoyment. In 1937 the first youth hostel on the Pacific Coast was established, and in 1945 the first multiracial summer camp. Hidden Villa's Environmental Education Program has been offered since 1970.

Marc Sidel, the Hidden Villa Associate Director of Development, will give a tour of the historical Duveneck House. Please join us at the Holiday meeting of the Los Altos Hills Historical Society. Please note the beginning time for December meeting is changed from usual 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.,

at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

RSVP by calling Lana (650)-776-9226.

The directions and map will be mailed with December newsletter

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