After the 1906 earthquake, many wealthy San Francisco Families relocated to the Peninsula and built large estates. A number of these families made their fortunes in the railroad, mining, banking and mercantile boom of America's Gilded Age. Filoli is the last of these estates remaining on all it's original 654 acres. Built by Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn II, who lived here between 1917 and 1936, the estate was sold to Mr. and Mrs. William P. Roth in 1937. In 1975, Mrs. Roth donated the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today the property is open to the public from February through October with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers.
Mr. Bourn created the name "Filoli" by combining the first two letters from the key words of his credo: FIght for a just cause, LOve your fellow man; LIve a good life."
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