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Sunday, December 6, 2009
Duveneck Ranch, Hidden Villa, was once the location of a picturesque
windmill from former ranch days when cattle freely roamed the
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
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
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.
For information about Los Altos Hills Historical Society, please
visit our web site http://www.losaltoshillshistory.org