A few weeks ago I was asked to photograph the Yerba Buena Ranch 100th Anniversary Party! It was amazing and wonderful as you can imagine... It was a beautiful celebration that included everything from the farm animals to children running wild, food, drink and of course dancing! A fantastic way to spend the evening!
Here is a bit of ranch history...
In 1833, Racho Yerba Buena, one of the original California Spanish land grants, was deeded to Don Antonio Chaboya. At the time, the Rancho covered 24,343 acres of east Santa Clara County foothills. The house was built in 1865 on mud sills using timbers brought around the horn on a sailing ship. In 1875 Henry Pierce acquired 2,400 acres of the land, including the Grant's headquarters which kept the original title, Yerba Buena, meaning "good herb." In those days, tenant farmers grew peas, corn and dry beans on hillsides, and Mr. Pierce raised dairy cows.
In 1910, bachelor Albert Charles Kuhn purchased the Ranch from the Pierce family. He remodeled the house, landscaped the grounds, and ran beef cattle on the verdant hills. Upon his death he willed the Ranch to his youngest brother, Charles John Kuhn, who later married and had two sons. In 1950 the elder of these two sons married and had two daughters. Peggy has since taken over the ranch after her father past away and has been running it since 1985!
Congratulations to 100 successful years at Rancho Yerba Buena!