Actually more of a suburban estate, the farm was named for the town of Woodstock, Vermont by its builder, Fairhaven capitalist, park creator and civic leader, Cyrus Lester Gates. Gates managed the “Larrabee Companies” and the personal interests of the C.X. Larrabee family between 1890 and 1927.
Gates lead in the creation of Larrabee State Park, Arroyo Park, Fairhaven Park and construction of the scenic, mountain segments of Chuckanut Drive and Mt. Baker Highway. He loaned the City of Bellingham funds for purchasing the first part of the Sehome Arboretum and provided land for the Mt. Baker Lodge, the State Bulb Farm (now Bellis Fair Mall) and other civic facilities. In 1944 Raymond and Gladyce Lee purchased Woodstock from the Gates family.