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as the site to erect the

as the site to erect the most magnificent manor house in California. Completed in 1927, the lavish “Lady Jane Manor House,” with its 100-mile panoramic views from the drawing-room windows, overlooking view of mountains and valleys was built as a place for Lady Jane to entertain her friends. It was elaborate in scale and décor and constructed with no expense spared. Harold Robinson, the grandson of Sir and Lady Robinson, whose portraits hang in the De Young Museum in San Francisco, was a devoted husband and felt that his regal “Dresden Doll” wife deserved only the best. Lady Jane designed the manor herself, replete with ornate chandeliers, a music room, an authentic early day ‘49er bar, a ballroom, and two suites of rooms used by guests. The magnificent manor was never intended to serve as a residence. Harold Robinson and Lady Jane stayed in another 13-room home on the same property, while the magnificent 11,000 square foot manor house acted as a showcase for entertaining illustrious guests, including the socially elite and many governors. Little did they know that within ten years, the grand mansion of their dreams would fall victim to their reversal of fortune. The stock market crash forced the Robinsons to leave Lady Jane Ranch in 1936. Dr. Ross, a dog food manufacturer, had the ranch for one year, and it stood idle until 1941, when Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Redman purchased the estate. The Redmans used the manor as their residence, with their children attending school in Grass Valley. In 1948 the Lady Jane Ranch was renamed to Indian Mountain Resort and was used as an exclusive hunting and fishing resort throughout the 1950’s. The grand mansion, a magnificent monument to the dreams of Harold and Lady Jane Robinson, stands hidden today in the middle of Forest Springs Mobilehome Park. Mr. Martin Harmon bought the home from my grandfather in 1968 and remains the present owner, and the Forest Springs Mobilehome Park was developed in phases on the surrounding land. In the 1970’s construction of Phase 1 of the park proceeded in a manner far exceeding most Mobilehome Parks of the day, more akin to a residential subdivision. The 130 spaces of Phase 1, completed in 1972, included numerous outdoor and indoor amenities built to augment the natural beauty of the forest setting. Phase 2 opened with 108 spaces in 1978, and Phase 3 added 72 spaces in 1990. All residents of Forest Springs MHC have access to the 6,500 square foot Clubhouse including gathering hall, kitchen, card room, pool tables, library and reading area and laundry facility. There is also a heated swimming pool and spa, bocce ball courts, dog park, outside picnic tables and walkways throughout the park. As third and fourth generation owners, we continue to strive to honor the Tucker family “dream” and a legacy of love for the land and community. We strive for excellence and have earned a great reputation for the wonderful quality of life and community created at Forest Springs Mobilehome Park. That model will continue as the platform for the newest addition to the community: Phase 4. With limited available housing options in Nevada County, Forest Springs HIGH FLIGHT Mobilehome Community strives to meet the demand for attractive, affordable senior housing. We have partnered with Golden State Manufactured Homes as our “in-park” dealer for luxury manufactured homes. Over the next two to three years, 62 new homes will complete this addition to Forest Springs Mobilehome Community. Upgrades in Phase 4 will include sitebuilt garages, large lot sizes, 200AMP electrical service, wide streets, ample guest parking and nature trails. When complete, Forest Springs Mobilehome Community will include a total of 372 spaces on 115 acres of pine-covered forest. To learn more about the Forest Springs Mobilehome Community, please contact Jessica Lunford (530) 274-2802 As an ode to the Tucker Family’s aviation history, which helped Al Tucker to discover the unique land and let to the development of Forest Springs Mobilehome Community, one of the new Phase 4 streets has been named Sunward Way, inspired by a line from the poem High Flight by John Gillespie Magee Jr.: “Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air.... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew — And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, – Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.” 134 DESTINATION Nevada County

Forest Springs MOBILEHOME COMMUNITY A Five Star 55+ Senior Living Community 10084 Forest Springs Drive • Grass Valley, CA 95949 • 530.273.5954 DESTINATION Nevada County 135