You are invited!!

The public is invited to an annual festive Open House held November 24. The museum and all buildings in the Historic Park — museum, McWilliams House, schoolhouse, and new blacksmith exhibit are all decked out in holiday finery.

All buildings will be open from 1-8 on that day-- stop by and have light refreshments, sit and enjoy holiday guitar music from 2-4 and singalong from 6-8 PM. Docent led tours of the McWilliams House, one-room schoolhouse and the new blacksmith exhibit are available!! The Village will have a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 and free horse-drawn carriage rides. Come celebrate!!


Strike While the Iron is Hot — new exhibit

Come see the new the new exhibit, “Strike While the Iron is Hot” and see how the role of the blacksmith helped shape the community. Blacksmiths were the “go-to” craftsperson in the 1800s for most any item made from metal. They made household items such as pots, pans, and sewing needles. If you needed tools, they made hammers, nails, axes, shovels and more. This exhibit will run until the end of February.

A new permanent building has been added to the Historic Park. The McWilliams blacksmith exhibit includes the tools of the blacksmiths of the 1800s. The blacksmith was a key part of the growth of new communities providing much needed skills and tools to the community. Combining film and real tools, the exhibit demonstrates the breadth of the blacksmith’s work.


Currently on Exhibit

Currently on exhibit at the Saratoga History Museum is a crewel yarn stitchery made by Mrs. Robert Pelz. The stitchery of early day Saratoga was designed by Delvona Stadjuhar and framed by Laura Mitchell. The stitchery called, “Saratoga,” won several awards including first place at the Creative Needle Exhibition. The stitchery included the first post office, the Episcopal-Methodist church, Paul Mason winery, Cunningham house and many other structures. Mrs. Pelz estimated the stitchery took over 40 hours to complete and called it a “project of pleasure.”

Crewelwork and needlepoint embroidery are ancient techniques. Crewelwork uses 2-ply wool thread that is called crewel, which gives the embroidery its name. Crewelwork is typically done on fabric compared to needlepoint which is done on canvas with holes. Crewel needles are usually large and have sharp ends pointed, while needlepoint needles have blunt ends to pass through the canvas meshes easily. The sharp crewel needles allow the user to efficiently work through the fabric and penetrating through previous stitches’ wool. The colorful 5’ x3’ stitchery will be on display through February.


Free Activities

Explore our Pioneer Living program for 3rd-5th grades, and take a walk around Saratoga to spot Bats and Other Wildlife using these pictures.

Pioneer Living.

Bats and Other Wildlife in Saratoga.


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Take A Moment Out and Read About the History of Saratoga Blacksmiths!

The attached presentation gives a quick overview on the roles of a blacksmith in 1850 as well as the blacksmiths that once worked in Saratoga. The information was given in a presentation to the Saratoga Foothill Club as well as was part of a display in the Saratoga Library lobby.

Click here for the presentation: The History of Saratoga Blacksmiths


Community Service
Saratoga High School students looking to fulfill community service requirements can contact Linda Hagelin at the Saratoga History Museum. Please e-mail HERE with the date you can work. The museum is open Friday and Sunday from 1-4PM, Saturday from 10PM to 4PM.


Visit the Museum Gift Shop

Stop by the Museum gift shop and see the new book from Author and Lecturer Robin Chapman: "The Valley of Heart's Delight--the True Tales from Around the Bay. Chapman has written many popular books about the Bay Area-- including "California Apricots-- The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley. This book promises to be just as interesting and more! It's a compilation of various vignettes of people in Santa Clara's history. It will make a great Christmas gift or just a gift of friendship to someone interested in history. Come on by and purchase a copy. You'll find other books by Robin in our gift shop!!

The Museum Gift Shop has copies of the hard to find Florence Cunningham's "Saratoga's First Hundred Years" along with over 20 other books on local history, postcards, notecards and more.

The gift shop is open Friday and Sunday from 1-4 PM and on Saturdays from 10AM-4PM.


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