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July 3, 2022

Historic house reopening to the public

After Josephine Grant McCreery bought out her siblings’ interest in a property in the Mt. Hamilton foothills, she lived in its main house until she died in 1972.

When she died, according to her will, Save the Redwoods League got half of the ranch, with the Menninger Foundation getting the other half, and they both sold to the County of Santa Clara in 1975.

It was opened to the public three years later, but the old home has recently been closed for renovations—including fortifications against earthquakes.

But now, the grand re-opening of the Grant House has been set for Saturday, June 18, from 10am-12pm.

There will be light refreshments and tours available, and attendees can meander through the garden if they so choose.

The building rehab focused on things like roofing and gutter replacement, painting and improving siding, windows, shutters, doors and decking.

Guest and carriage houses got new roofing.

The property features five main structures grouped around a courtyard, and surrounding landscape features, including brick walls and a rose garden—and two other structures dating from the late 19th century and early 20th century.

These showcase the construction, additions, and modifications by Joseph D. Grant from when his family owned the ranch—from 1927 through Josephine Grant McCreery’s death.

The Grant Ranch Complex structures are listed in the County of Santa Clara Historic Resources Inventory.

Grant Park makes up about two-thirds of the original Rancho Canada de Pala which was a large mountainous ranch established through a land grant in 1839 by Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado.


Joseph D. Grant County Park is located at 18405 Mt. Hamilton Road in San
Jose.
The Grant Ranch House Grand Re-opening is scheduled for June 18 from 10am to 12pm requires a reservation to [email protected]

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