Charles Copeland Morse House
Constructed in 1892 by wealthy entrepreneur Charles Copeland Morse (1842–1900) this home demonstrates the importance of agriculture to the growth of the region at the turn of the century. Morse arrived in California from Maine in 1859 as one of the many future residents who were attracted to California as a result of the Gold Rush, but it was not precious metals that brought him fortune, but rather agriculture. His 1877 purchase of a small farm led to the formation of the Ferry-Morse Seed Company, which became the world's leading flower and vegetable seed producer. The mansion was built in 1892 and the local newspaper at the time gave the home its future nickname as "The house that seed built."
Backstory and Context
"Charles Copeland Morse House." National Park Service, Santa Clara's Historic County: California's Silicon Valley, A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary. . Accessed March 29, 2018. https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/santaclara/mor.htm.
Ferry-Morse Seed Company. The seeds of tomorrow: 1856-1956 celebrating one hundred years of service to commercial growers and home gardeners. Detroit: The Company, 1956.
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