James Folger II, president of the Folger coffee company, purchased property in Woodside in 1902. Architect Arthur Brown, Jr. designed buildings for the estate. The Folger Stable is a reminder of the Great Estates era, when millionaires enjoyed the country lifestyle in San Mateo County.

Students take a walk back in time as they see the different historic buildings on the property. Then, they explore the carriage room to discover different uses of the land over time.

The hands-on history program features four activity stations:

  • Clean tack and saddle a "horse."
  • Stamp a leather bookmark.
  • Build a stone wall.
  • Press apple cider.

Geared to third and fourth graders. History-Social Science Content Standards: 3.3, 3.5, 4.4. 2.25-hour program. Available on Wednesdays in the fall; Wednesdays and Fridays in the spring. Six chaperones required to assist with hands-on activities.

The cost is $132 for a San Mateo County class of up to 30 students; $152 for other counties. Fee applies to one class per program.

To protect the historic site and for better quality of programming, school programs at the Folger Stable are limited to one class.

The school program occurs rain or shine. Some modification of activities occurs on rainy days.

More information: http://www.historysmc.org/main.php?page=fsschool.

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