Thanks to Dryden Wilson…
In 2002, a former PG&E employee named Dryden Wilson made a bequest of $880,000 to the County of Nevada to support open space protection and parks. The County invited selected organizations and agencies in Nevada County to submit proposals for the use of the funds, and the Executive Director of the Nevada County Land Trust (now the Bear Yuba Land Trust) was authorized to submit a request to the County Board of Supervisors for open space and conservation projects.
After much discussion between the Land Trust’s Executive Director and members of the Board of Supervisors, it was agreed that $508,000 should be granted to the Land Trust for two projects: 1) to begin preservation of the North Star House, and 2) to provide open space to the public within the planned Loma Rica Ranch development in Grass Valley.ﾠAn agreement was signed with the County prior to the close of 2002 providing the Land Trust with the agreed-to funds from the Dryden Wilson bequest.
The North Star House is Rediscovered
Nevada County’s grant from the Dryden Wilson bequest established the Land Trust as the only local organization with the mission of supporting open space and historical preservation, and now with the funding available to save the historic North Star House.
The Land Trust hired a project manager to carry out the terms of the grant agreement and negotiations began for the transfer of the property, including approximately 13 acres of land surrounding the North Star House, Gardener’s Cottage, Assay Office and owner’s house, was leased to the Land trust by the Sanderson Company. The lease allowed the Land Trust to proceed with necessary preservation and protection procedures while a lot line adjustment and due diligence processes were underway to establish a separate parcel for the historic district. the separate parcel was established in 2004 and the property was transferred in fee title to the Land Trust.