Preserving the History of Morgan Hill
Visit Villa Mira Monte
The Morgan Hill Historical Society invites you to explore the fascinating story of our California community named after local rancher Hiram Morgan Hill. Here you will discover Hiram and Diana's beautiful Queen Anne East Lake/Stick style home built in 1884.
In 2005 a delightful 1911 Craftsman style home, built by a local orchardist in 1911, was moved to the property and is now the Morgan Hill Museum. The Morgan Hill Museum is a repository for archives and object collections, including artifacts, maps, photos, manuscripts, clippings and memorabilia pertaining to the local area and its inhabitants.
Our Centennial History Trail winds through beautiful rose gardens and offers a reflective walk through the historical highlights of our area.
Morgan Hill House
Morgan Hill Museum
Centennial History Trail
Revised Opening Schedule for Villa Mira Monte
Beginning May 15, only the grounds of VMM will be open on Saturdays from 8:00am to 6:00pm. This is a soft opening to welcome visitors back for an opportunity to visit the Centennial Trail, the Rose Garden and enjoy the informative exhibit in the front window of the Morgan Hill Museum.
Starting on June 19th from 10:00am to 1:00pm both the historic Hiram Morgan Hill House and Morgan Hill Museum will be open on Saturdays with docents to welcome visitors and provide tours.
Morgan Hill Museum Pandemic Project
These are extraordinary times, and our lives have been forever changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Morgan Hill Historical Society and Museum recognize the importance of capturing this history and would like to ask the communities of Morgan Hill, Coyote, Madrone and San Martin to help us document community experiences and preserve them for future generations.
We would like to collect your stories, photos, and personal accounts. What have you experienced? How has the pandemic disrupted your lives? How are you coping with the changes in your household and your social interactions? If you are interested and want to participate in helping us record current history, please see our Project Description for more information and then download and complete the Pandemic Project Donation Form.
Recent Blog Postings
2020 "Stories from the Past" documentary available free and on demand
Our 2020 “Stories from the Past” documentary debuted on December 5th, 2020 to a broad audience as a virtual event via Zoom and Facebook. It concluded with a panel of guest speakers and a random prize drawing. If you missed the event screening, you can still view the film here.
Native American plant garden at Villa Mira Monte
Thanks to a grant funded in March of 2019 by the South Valley Fleuer Garden Club, a Native American garden has been established at the entrance of Villa Mira Monte.
Morgan Hill Historical Society Receives Grant Awards from Santa Clara County Historic Grant Program
7/8/2020 Media Advisory:
The Morgan Hill Historical Society today announced that it has been awarded two grants by Santa Clara County as part of the County’s competitive Historic Grant Program. The program’s purpose is to support projects that acknowledge and celebrate untold stories and/or underrepresented/disadvantaged communities.
Morgan Hill Historical Society Appoints New Board President
On June 22, 2020, the Morgan Hill Historical Society Board of Directors elected long-time member and volunteer, Roger Knopf, as President of the organization, effective July 1, 2020. Knopf stepped into the role of former President Kathy Sullivan who led the organization for six years. Kathy remains active on the Board as Chair of Marketing Communications and on other committees.