About Los Altos Hills Historical Society

The colorful history of Los Altos Hills dates from February, 1857 when Doña Juana Briones de Miranda sold Martin Murphy 2,900 acres known as the Taaffe Rancho. The town of Los Altos Hills was incorporated on January 27, 1956. Present-day 8.4 square-miles Los Altos Hills is almost entirely residential.

The LAHHS was founded in November, 1973 by Mrs. Florence M. Fava, a descendant of the Tuck family that arrived in the Santa Clara Valley in 1872. A resident of Los Altos Hills from 1959, Ms. Fava also initiated the town's filing for Bicentennial status in 1974; served as first Bicentennial chairperson; and worked on the Santa Clara County Historical Task to compile a list of historical sites. In 1974 she was nominated for a San Jose Mercury and News Woman of Achievement Award.

Located next to Los Altos Hills Town Hall is the Heritage House, an example of early 20th century design. Heritage House used to have a history room for the storage of special collections since 1984. Now it is a home for the Town's emergency radio club.

Photo courtesy of Ralston Independent Works©



LAHHS offers programs free and open to the public, featuring guest speakers on topics of local history. They are held Sundays from 3-5 p.m. at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

Los Altos Hills Town Hall
26379 Fremont Road
Los Altos Hills, California.

Please visit our web site page www.losaltoshillshistory.org/Events/ for upcoming events.

Past Directors

President: Martin Bernstein

Treasurer: Les Earnest

Web Manager: Lana Ralston

Links to other historical organizations

Palo Alto Historical Association

Palo Alto Stanford Heritage

Juana Briones Heritage

History of Westwind Community Barn

Los Altos History Museum

History Center of Mountain View Library

Mountain View Historical Association

Friends of the Rengstorff House

Moffett Field Museum

Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum

Jehning Lock Museum

San Mateo County History Museum

Atherton History

The History of Woodside

The History of Portola Valley

Spanishtown Historical Society

Burlingame Historical Society

Society of the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County

Heritage Society of Pacific Grove







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