Crane Melon Barn - Home of the Original Crane Melon
Oliver Crane, the son of Richard H. Crane, developed the Crane Melon in the early 1900s by crossing several varieties of melons, including a Japanese melon, a white melon, a Persian melon and an ambrosia melon among others.In 1852 a farmer named Richard Hope Crane, straight from the California gold fields, arrived on horseback to gaze over the Cotati Valley.From Weddings, Birthday Parties, Anniversary Parties, Wine Releases, and Endless Family Gatherings; Contact Crane Melon Barn for your special event Chester's Vineyard borders the Bennett Valley Appellation to the east and the Sonoma Coast Appellation to the westRichard Crane's Sculptures and Metal ArtCome Visit Crane Melon Barn - here are simple directions to find your way!Press Releases and News Media Welcome to Crane Melon Barn - In 1849, Richard Hope Crane arrived in California for the gold rush and, in 1852, settled in Santa Rosa. The property that Richard purchased was part of the vast Mexican land grant, Cotate Rancho.
Crane Melon Barn
4935 Petaluma Hill Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 795 6987
cranemelon@aol.com

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~The Crane Melon Barn~
A Sonoma County Landmark for over 130 years

For people near and far, the Crane Melon Barn is a familiar and welcoming site. Known affectionately as the “Melon Barn” by its many fans, it is where the original Crane Melons have been sold for over 80 years by six generations of Cranes. The Crane Melon Barn is most famous for selling Crane Melons and assorted farm fresh produce, but the Barn itself has a long Sonoma County history.

In 1849, Richard Hope Crane arrived in California for the gold rush and, in 1852, settled in Santa Rosa. The property that Richard purchased was part of the vast Mexican land grant, Cotate Rancho. The Crane Melon Barn was built on Petaluma Hill Road in 1868. It is built entirely out of redwood and was originally used for storing hay, horses and livestock. So sturdy is its construction that it has survived several major earthquakes with no damage.



In time, the land and the barn passed to Richard’s son, Oliver Crane. Oliver developed the Crane Melon at the turn of the 20th century and began selling Crane Melons out of the Barn in the 1920’s. Oliver’s son Richard “Dick” Crane, grandson George, great grandson Rick and great great granddaughter Jennifer Crane have all carried on the family tradition of farming the Crane Melon and selling them at the barn. The Barn is currently owned and operated by father and daughter Rick and Jennifer Crane who are fifth and sixth generation Sonoma County farmers.

Since the melons are only in season in September and October, the Barn acts in many other roles. It is home to the annual Crane Christmas Boutique, which opens the weekend after Thanksgiving and functions as a special events facility for weddings, birthday parties and much more! There is a four-acre pinot noir vineyard planted on the twelve-acre parcel.

Not so trivial Trivia! The Crane Melon Barn is a Sonoma County Historic Site. It's built entirely out of Redwood and was built in 1868.

Along with the Original Crane Melons, we sell Crane yellow-meated watermelons, heirloom tomatoes, Crane Melon Honey, Organic Sonoma County Walnuts, local art featuring metal sculpture by famed Sonoma County artist Richard Crane., and much more!

Opening daily: Sept 1 - Oct 31, 2009. This year I've been selling out early, so I tell people to call first. There is an answering service that I update with times and days of operation

The Crane Family Melon Barn. 4935 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

The Crane Family Melon Barn. 4935 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404