Oakland, California, Pardee House

The Pardee House of Oakland


The Pardee House of Oakland was owned by a former mayor of the city.


The house contains hundreds of relics and books that the Parder family owned.  Many books are in California law since George Pardee actively familiarized himself with local and state laws as the mayor.


One of George Pardee’s daughters had a journal of the many suitors that she went on dates with.  Back then, such journals were called, “Chap Records”.

The Pardees had a relationship with Abraham Lincoln’s widowed wife. The Pardees would stitch pieces of her cloth from her dresses on fabrics and bedsheets to help her make money.  One bedroom in the house has a piece of Lincoln’s wife’s dress.