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Codiga Center & Museum

Potatoes and wheat were once major crops of the Central Coast of California. Today these fields are growing lettuce, strawberries and raspberries. Years ago, ships and railroads, not today’s trucks, transported the agricultural bounty to markets. Come and visit our museum to learn about the people and crops that made this area so unique.

AHP’s two story California style barn is home to our exhibits, research center, archives, and gift shop, the “Country Corner.” Exhibits include “When Apples Were King,” the story of the once flourishing apple industry; “Pick Now, Eat Later,” food preservation methods for our bountiful production; “Legacy of the Vaqueros,” cattle from the Mission days to current times. There are also extensive fruit jar and milk bottle and dairy artifact displays. The upstairs Santa Cruz County room archive houses a non-circulating collection of agricultural related books, photos and an extensive collection of USDA and UC Extension Service pamphlets. Research by appointment only.

Porter Implement Shed

porter_implement_shedView our collection of restored horse drawn equipment including plows, binders, reapers and planters. An extensive collection of hand tools is also on display.

Snyder Building

snyder_buildingThen, wander down to the Snyder Building, known on-site as The Shop. The building includes our restoration shop and storage for restored equipment. There will probably be someone working on a carriage, tractor or other rescued piece of equipment while you’re there.

Madesko Gazebo

madesko_gazeboThis shady spot offers you a place to meet and to rest, or there are are picnic tables under the redwood trees next to the Codiga Center (please respect the young, sprouting trees).


cabooseThis Illinois Central Caboose was donated to AHP to represent the importance of train transportation in moving agricultural products to market. AHP volunteers have lovingly restored the exterior and interior of the caboose. Plans are to restore the interior by September 2008 so visitors have the opportunity to experience the living quarters for train crews when there was a caboose on every train.

Agricultural History Project
Center & Museum

2601 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, California 95076

Open EVERY 2nd Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Second Saturday on the Farm

Tuesday - Saturday by Appointment Only
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call (831) 724-5898 or (831) 566-2817

Group tours may be arranged in advance by appointment.

Facilities are handicapped accessible.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and major holidays.