The House and Property
The Gibson House and Property serves as the county resource for the discovery of and engagement with the historic and evolving practice of regional arts and culture. The community is invited to explore a diverse arrangement of exhibitions, programs and community spaces offered on this landmark site.
Descendants of William and Mary Gibson lived in the mansion until 1963. The house and property laid vacant, was uncared for and became dilapidated. Purchased by the County of Yolo in 1975 the house and grounds became a county park and were restored to exemplify the life of pioneering farm families of Yolo County. In November 1976 the Gibson House was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Yolo County Historical Museum, a non-profit, was appointed to operate the Gibson House and Property until 2018.
Starting in 1857 with the purchase of 160 acres of land and a 16ft by 20ft wooden farm house, William Byas Gibson started expanding not only his farming and ranching business but also his homestead. The building which stand today is a testament to multiple architectural styles that were popular throughout the 19th century. Watch this video to learn more about the architectural evolution of the Gibson House.
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Video courtesy of: Yolo County Historical Collection
The Barn Gallery
Committed to supporting the expansion of vibrant cultural and fine arts programming, YoloArts' The Barn Gallery features a diverse and inclusive representation of emerging and established artists. Exhibitions rotate quarterly.
Blacksmith Shop & Dairy
Exhibitions in the Blacksmith Shop and Diary feature items from the Yolo County Historical Collection.
Focused on agricultural implements and the production of diary products between 1850 and 1920.
Since 1978, the Gibson gardeners have been cultivating garden space throughout the property, including an herb and kitchen garden.
The gardeners also propagate plants for sale.
Historic Oak Tree & Orchard
The historic Valley Oak stands prominently, 83 inches in diameter, northwest of the Gibson's mansion. A California native, this tree is estimated to be 300 years old.
The olive orchard is the remaining portion of the Gibson's orchard. The orchard's olives were processed and sold during the property's heydey.
Our Family History Mural, 2020
Alyssa & Krya Hannah
Paint on Panel
In its second year, the Yolo County High School Mural Competition is excited to welcome the next generation of artist to the Gibson House and Property. YoloArts reached out to high school art students across the county to request design proposals.
Students were able to apply individually, in groups, or as a whole class by responding to the theme of “Our Family History” – How, why, and when did our families come to Yolo County? Who else was living/working here at that time? Submissions were blind-juried by YoloArts' Education Committee.