• Baywood, the San Mateo estate of John and Abigail Parrott.

Courthouse Docket

The Great Estates of the Peninsula

On Saturday, June 13 at 1 p.m., the Courthouse Docket continues as a free online webinar.  Deputy Director Carmen Blair will discuss The Great Estates of the Peninsula

In the late 1800s, the Peninsula was known as one of the elite suburban areas of the United States.  The great families who ran the commerce, industry and banking of the West from offices in San Francisco, lived, or had country retreats, down the Peninsula.  California millionaires sought to impress their neighbors with their grand Peninsula homes. 

Left: Linden Towers, the Flood mansion in Menlo Park.

The presentation explores suburban lifestyle during the late 1800s and early 1900s from European influence to family relationships to leisure activities.  It includes some of Blair's favorite stories about the Great Estates discovered during research for exhibits at the History Museum and historic reenactments.  The presentation concludes by discussing the fate of some of the Great Estates.

Left: At the estate of Antoine and Grace Borel in San Mateo.

Blair joined the staff of the Historical Association in 1998 and has been the Deputy Director since 2007.  Among her responsibilities, she is involved with school programs, public programs for adults and children, exhibit design and publications. She received her B.A. in History from Gustavus Adolphus College and her M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University.

Left: Inside the greenhouse at the Millbrae estate of Darius Ogden and Jane Mills.


July 11: Prohibition in San Mateo County with Carmen Blair (Webinar)

August 9: Victorian Days

September 12: Organized Womanhood with Tatiana Irwin

October 24: From Stone Age to High Tech with Dr. Laura Jones

Sponsored By:

The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series of presentations held in the History Museum's Historic Courtroom A. The Courthouse Docket Series is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.