Silver Penny History


The Town of Lakeville

The Town of Lakeville

The town of Lakeville thrived in the late 1800’s because a steamboat stop near our property was developed into a…


General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s

General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s

The property was part of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s holdings “acquired” from the native Alaguala Nation in 1834. There was…


William Bihler

In 1859, William Bihler purchased the 8,000 acres, and drained Tolay Lake in order to plant potatoes and corn. The…


Historical Gap

There is a bit of an historical gap between the late 1870’s and the 1970’s.  We are currently researching that…


William Randolph III

Patty Hearst’s brother, William Randolph III, purchased the property in the early 1970’s to serve as a place to hide…


The Church

Soon after the capture of Patty Hearst, the family moved out and donated the land to the Archdiocese of San…


Sue & Nan

Sue Conley and Nan Haynes bought Silver Penny Farm from the Cardoza family for the purpose of creating workforce housing…