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Shadelands Ranch Museum


A site on the National Register of Historic Places, the Shadelands Ranch Museum is a true time capsule of turn-of-the-20th-Century Walnut Creek, that is a must visit.

Originally the ranch home of Hiram Penniman, a Walnut Creek pioneer who arrived in the 1850s and eventually owned over 500 acres of orchards in the Ygnacio Valley. This home was completed in 1903.

This museum is operated by the Walnut Creek Historical Society. The buildling also serves as the Society’s headquarters. 

A Particularly Popular Site for Weddings

The grounds of the Shadelands Ranch Museum are available for non-commercial use by individuals, businesses, corporations and non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 statuses. The beautifully maintained landscaping surrounds the historical Penniman house and our picturesque rosebush-surrounded gazebo provides a gorgeous, romantic setting for your outdoor wedding or event. A large barked area, shaded by huge oak trees and with picnic tables, to the side of the Museum house offer a venue with a more rustic feel. For an evening event, weave strings of tiny lights or garden lights through the trees to add an enchanting ambiance to the occasion. You and your guests will be reminded of the gracious hospitality that was once extended to guests of the Ranch over 100 years ago.

Because of its beauty and easy access, as well as its cost-effective and uncomplicated pricing, Shadelands is an increasingly popular site for wedding ceremonies and receptions. They also host outside birthday, anniversary, graduation celebrations, company picnics and family reunions.

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