California Nursery Historical Park

Uncovering Fremont History - We need your help!
currently sorting historical documents

Adults or teen-agers welcomed.
questions:  please email  Joyce Blueford (

 Vallejo Adobe, California Nursery Historical Park
Nursery Ave and Niles Blvd

(meet at President Cottage, next to Vallejo Adobe)

After almost 10 years of working on the Bruce Roeding Collection, we finally have the room to ask for more help from the public on archiving, cleaning trophies, sorting photos and much more. This material archived will be used for rotating exhibits in the Office Museum.  So if you like history and like to share your skills, we would love for you to learn how to help.

This presentation and tour will just show you what needs to be done.  You will not be committed to volunteer, but this is one of the largest finds of artifacts from when Vallejo owned the Adobe as part of the Rancho Arroyo de la Alameda to the 1970's when the California Nursery closed its doors.

In the collection is material on the Roedings in Fresno and San Francisco.  Also is material on the Baldwins, an early missionary family in Hawaii.  There are about 2000 square feet of material to go through.


The Niles district in Fremont was known for its agricultural contributions to the newly formed State of California. It was home to many orchards and nurseries but one of the most successful in North America was the California Nursery Company which started in San Jose in 1865 and moved to Niles in 1884. The California Nursery Company story in Fremont starts with John Rock, a German immigrant who served in the Civil War. He developed new methods of plant propagation which was an evolving science in the late 1800's. He worked with the renowned plant breeder, Luther Burbank.

This overview will follow the growth of the nursery and horticultural business in Niles from Rock to three generations of the famous Roeding Family from Fresno.  The exotic Bulb Festivals with local "tulip girls" brought hundreds of thousands of people to take a tour of the nursery's 500 acres. Trees from this nursery were used to landscape the 1915 Panama International Exposition in San Francisco as well as the 1939-40 Golden Gate Internation Exposition on Treasure Island.

The presentation will also discuss the historic buildings at the 20 acre  California Nursery Historical Park which is owned by the City of Fremont Buildings include the Vallejo Adobe (early 1830's), the Packing Shed (1890's), California Office (1907) and Presidentís Cottage  (1907).  

Learn how you can help.   

managed in part by Math Science Nucleus
owned by
City of Fremont

36501 Niles Blvd, Fremont
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