The Umbarger House

The Umbarger House (HMZ7W)

Location: San Jose, CA 95112 Santa Clara County
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N 37° 19.215', W 121° 51.552'

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Late Nineteenth Century Homelife in a San Jos? Farmhouse

In 1851 David Umbarger, a "forty-niner" from West Virginia, bought 136.5 acres in the Santa Clara Valley. Umbarger built this house on his homestead in the 1870s.

Like many ex-miners who remained in California, Umbarger started farming in order to make a living. He dedicated his land to wheat and grain production.

After Umbarger died in 1891, his land was divided and sold. The house remained on a six and one-half acre lot which changed owners several times. The Umbarger House was moved to the History Park in 1870.

The rest of Umbarger's property became small farms and building lots as well as part of Umbarger Road in southeast San Jos?. In August 1946, thirty-two acres of land were sold to become the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Visit the "kitchen garden" behind the hose. This type of garden was a common feature found in the Santa Clara Valley. The Umbargers would have grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

To find out more about the Umbarger House and farming in the Santa Clara Valley during the late nineteenth century, pleas visit our website:

Peter and Emma Aimonetti donated the house. This sign made possible by a generous grant from the Farrington Foundation.
HM NumberHMZ7W
Placed BySan Jose Historical Museum Association
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 4:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 601078 N 4131009
Decimal Degrees37.32025000, -121.85920000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.215', W 121° 51.552'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 12.90" N, 121° 51' 33.12" W
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Area Code(s)408, 209, 415, 650, 916
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1690 Senter Rd, San Jose CA 95112, US
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