ranch-300x224Patrick Ranch Museum In 2001, Hester Grimm Patrick bequeathed the historic Patrick Ranch, its grand home and the surrounding acreage to the long established and esteemed Chico Museum. The acceptance of this magnificent gift with its unique challenges and its own focus caused the Chico Museum Board to restructure their organization. It was at that time that the Far West Heritage Association was created as the umbrella organization for the Chico Museum and the newly acquired Patrick Ranch now known as the Patrick Ranch Museum.

Hester Patrick’s gift of the ranch that she and her husband Garrison loved and treasured presents a unique opportunity for research. It challenges staff, board members and volunteers alike to create a living agriculture museum that will showcase the evolution of agriculture in the Sacramento Valley, of California, indeed of the Far West and the world!

The Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, is entering its second year and is open to the public on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  In 2010 the exterior and interior restoration of the Glenwood Mansion farmhouse began.  A gift shop was opened in Pat’s Barn, a flock of chickens lives in a mobile chicken coop, and the dynamic volunteer team began interactive public programming to include educational tours, speakers, and fundraising events throughout the year.