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Ford House Museum

45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
+1 707-937-5397
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Ranked #10 of 13 Attractions in Mendocino
Type: Historic Sites
Description: The mid-19th-century home of Jerome Bursley Ford, the founder of Mendocino, today serves as a visitors center on the region.
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Saint Paul, MN
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Ford House Museum, staffed with CA park rangers and volunteers, is headquartered in the oldest house in Mendocino, circa 1854. The house itself is a delight, decorated in Victorian style, and the maps, photos and lore give you a great intro to Mendocino and its environs, in just half an hour. The friendly staff also gives tours (we didn't... More

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Chico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Don't visit Mendocino without a stop here. Tons of information about all area state parks, attractions and activities. Lots of interesting displays relating to natural history, human history and the art scene. Picknic tables outside with great views of Mendocino Bay and the headlands. The historic model of the old town is marvelous and worthy of a long, close study.... More

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Moreno Valley, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The volunteer docents were very helpfu. Nice diorama. Public restrooms next door. Interesting photos around the house.

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Durban, South Africa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The displays are fascinating, giving a background into the history of the area. The staff are particulary good - spending time explaining and telling stories

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The history of Mendocino in a small historic house and a very knowledgeable person on hand for any question. There are picnic tables and a fantastic view of the ocean.

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Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Very cool place to walk around in. Tons of pictures, and a mini rep of the town from the 1800s, that was really awesome to see. They also had people in period clothing.

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Lincoln, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

It's all about a step back in time to the 1800s and California's rich history in the lumber business. The ford house is well maintained with interesting and descriptive exhibits. The view of the headlands and sea is phenominal. Picnic tables at the back of the house invite you to have lunch and enjoy a gorgeous view of this magical... More

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Pasadena, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We were met by Joan, who ushered us into the house a few minutes before opening. She took us on an historical tour of the town and we are ever the better educated for it. Also we got great ideas for things to do on our vacation.

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

A terrific "museum" in a beautiful, readily accessible location. Full of information and tasteful displays. Lots to learn, and an outstanding introduction to an outstanding locality. The staff are great, and in greatly enhances the Mendocino experience. Lots of dedication and genius behind this excellent facility.

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Napa, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The Ford House Museum has numerous artifacts of interest about 19th century Mendocino. We found the logging tools and pictures of particular interest. The museum is on the main drive in town with easy access and a heart-stopping view. Gracious docents offer great insights.

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