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  Elevation 345'   Information: (408) 779-9444 




    Morgan Hill is a charming town 10 miles south of San Jose. Encompassing 12 square miles, it combines the easy living of rural America with access to major employment, retail and entertainment centers to the North. A growth management plan enacted in the 1980s ensured that the city maintains its small town charm unique to Santa Clara County. 

    Morgan Hill was home to peaceful  Costanoan Indians long before the arrival of  Spanish soldiers who came in 1776. The first English speaking community sprang up around a prosperous estate, Morgan Hill Ranch in 1845. Incorporated in 1906, the city is located on the southern end of the Santa Clara Valley, not far from San Jose and Silicon Valley.


    With its tree-lined streets, picturesque vineyards, and scenic backdrop of rolling hills, residents enjoy a peaceful setting and relaxed style of living.  It's easy to access the high-tech employment centers in nearby Silicon Valley via an expanded freeway system and Caltrain commuter station. 


    Morgan Hill's location in the southern Santa Clara Valley offers plenty of recreational opportunities. There are four lakes within five to eight miles that are ideal for fishing, and boating; Henry Coe State Park a few miles to the East for camping, picnicking or hiking; and 3000 acres of mountain picnicking and activities a short drive away at Mount Madonna Park. There are also two local golf courses. 


    Morgan Hill is a 30 to 50 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay and other scenic coastal areas. Events include an annual Mushroom Mardi Gras, Fourth-of-July parade/festival and downtown Farmers' Market plus Friday night concerts which are held in the Summer. 


    Historical information about Morgan Hill (see additional Historic Landmarks for Santa Clara County)

    NO. 259 VASQUEZ TREE AND SITE OF 21-MILE HOUSE - This famous tavern and stage stop was located 21 miles from San Jose on the road to Monterey. The 21-Mile-House was built in 1852 by William Host beneath a spreading oak that later was called the Vasquez Tree. The house was sold to William Tennant in November 1852. Now destroyed, this stopping station was a place where horses could be changed, fed, and stabled, and where tired and hungry passengers could refresh themselves.
    Location:  NW corner of Tennant Ave and Monterey Hwy (Old 101), Morgan Hill


    Great chefs: Welcome to fine wine and gourmet dining available in the local region and throughout California. Above are several of nearby Gilroy's commercial chefs. Gilroy is known as the Garlic Capitol and does, indeed, capitalize on serving dishes which integrate garlic into them.  An annual Garlic Festival attracts people from all over who are eager to dine on garlic served over 100 different ways.  When visiting the region, enjoy the numerous wineries of the region, as well as San Jose.