Cohen Bray House Harvest Party
Sunday, October 18, 1:00-4:00PM
Cohen Bray House, 1440 29th Avenue, Oakland
The Cohen Bray House will be hosting a Harvest Party to celebrate the first season of growing in Oak Tree Farm in a century. There will be lawn games, fall activities, and live music from Old Belle. Kids are welcome!
Tours of the Cohen Bray House will be available.
The beautiful Stick-style home was built in 1882-1884 by Julia Moses and Watson A. Bray for their daughter Emma, upon her marriage to Alfred H. Cohen, attorney. The families of both the bride and groom were wealthy and socially prominent. Watson Bray was a successful commodities broker while A. A. Cohen had established the first railroad and ferry system in Alameda County. He also served as chief attorney for the Central Pacific Railroad.
The house has never been sold out of the family and contains the original furniture, wallpaper, woodwork, and many personal objects. Stepping into the Cohen Bray House is stepping back 130 years into a unique and engaging world.
We have started a youth teaching garden called Oak Tree Farm in the backyard of the Cohen Bray House. So far we have modest crops of asparagus, hops (hence the connection to beer), tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, and fruit trees. We are using the garden as a way to teach about soil, gardening, food, cooking, and history. So far we have one school, Achieve Academy, and an after school program at the local rec center in Josie de la Cruz park coming for field trips. We hope that we will become a community resource, both for the local schools, and others in the general area.