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Address: 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone Number: +1 707-937-5397
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Description: The mid-19th-century home of Jerome Bursley Ford, the founder of...
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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Interesting photos and model of city

Very outgoing docent spent time with every visitor. We enjoyed her attentions and interesting tidbits. The photos and history of Mendocino made it all come alive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Very outgoing docent spent time with every visitor. We enjoyed her attentions and interesting tidbits. The photos and history of Mendocino made it all come alive.

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Mendocino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great stop for anyone visiting Mendocino. There is a model of the town with the historical houses, photographs on display, and the docents really know their facts. Nice corner of books and postcards to take home.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great to see history, the staff was very accommodating, mushroom cookies were great. If you like old architecture overlooking the ocean. When done plenty of shopping along the street

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Also acts as a visitor's center where you should start your visit to Mendocino. Lots of good resources and very helpful, nice and knowledgeable staff. The museum houses lots of local history. So start here.

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Nutley, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We drove into Mendocino because it was raining lightly. We parked and walked around the Ford property which overlooks the fabulous Mendocino coast. Then we headed into the Visitor Center and learned a lot from a volunteer about what to see as we drove north. Finally, we spent about an hour enjoying the lovely Ford home, which houses the Visitor... More 

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Saint Paul, MN
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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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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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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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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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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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