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
Villa Mira Monte begins its reopening
We are pleased to begin welcoming visitors back to VMM. The grounds are now open on Saturdays from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Both the historic Hiram Morgan Hill House and Morgan Hill Museum are now open on Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm with docents to welcome visitors and provide tours.
We hope to further extend our hours in the near future.
Holiday Boutique at Villa Mira Monte CANCELLED
We regret that due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and its variants, we are cancelling the 2021 Holiday Boutique. We sincerely hope that next year we will be able to resume many of our beloved events and programs.
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 garden at VMM receives second grant from South Valley Fleurs Garden Club
On May 15, 2021, the South Valley Fleurs Garden Club presented the Morgan Hill Historical Society with a second EduGrow-Planting-to-Learn grant which will be used to expand the native garden.
Located near the museum, the Native American garden was established to honor the Amah Mutsun native peoples who inhabited the Morgan Hill area for over ten thousand years.
Get the lastest MHHS news in the October 2021 edition of Historically Speaking!
New "History Makers" documentary series
"History Makers" is a multi-film, multi-year project that will debut in September to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Morgan Hill Historical Society. The project has been made possible by a grant from a generous local family that shares our desire to keep history alive and share it with our community for generations to come. Mark your calendars and watch for updates on this website and on social media.
Our "Stories from the Past" docuseries also continues, and is supported by funding from the Santa Clara County Grant Program. Past films are available to watch on demand.
Making history at 50 years (Morgan Hill Times article)
On Saturday, September 11th, the Historical Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a History Open House at Villa Mira Monte; and on Sunday, Sept. 12th, with the debut of the first of three films of a new docuseries, entitled History Makers, at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse.