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Spooner Ranch House Restoration

For Central Coast Natural History Association

In 2009, the Hind Foundation granted $134,900 to the Central Coast Natural History Association (CCNHA) to help repair and preserve the Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro State Park. The Spooner family operated the 8,000 acre, El Pecho Ranch named for its Mexican Land Grant title. The ranch house, which now serves as the Park’s Visitor Center, was built by Alden B. Spooner, Jr. in 1892 as a three-room cabin and over the next 20 years it was expanded to ten rooms. The Spooner family successfully farmed, raised cattle and operated a dairy until 1942.

Noteworthy Outcomes
•    Building a Foundation

The grant provided CCNHA with the funds to stabilize the roof and walls of the ranch house; without the generous donation the rehabilitation of the Spooner Home would have stalled because any other improvements and funds would have been wasted on an unsound structure. Now the stabilized structure is motivating other supporter to continue the rehabilitation.

•    History Documented
With the success of the Spooner House’s rehabilitation, the historic site is gaining recognition and additional funding that is sponsoring a history research group that is assembling a Spooner Ranch book.

“Working with the Hind Foundation has been the most positive granting process I have ever had. To work within the confines of State Parks can be very complicated, but the Foundation was very patient and there was a real sense of trust.”
~Mary Golden, Executive Director, Central Coast Natural History Association


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Area of Funding: Historical Landmark Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $134,900
Year Funded: 2009
Year Completed: 2009

About the Organization
Central Coast Natural History Association
20 State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-2694

Central Coast Natural History Association, in partnership with California State Parks, promotes public awareness and stewardship of our natural resources and cultural heritage, now, and for future generations.