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Ford House Museum

45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
+1 707-937-5397
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Mendocino
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Owner description: The mid-19th-century home of Jerome Bursley Ford, the founder of Mendocino, today serves as a...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Owner 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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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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158 reviews 158 reviews
44 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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325 reviews 325 reviews
168 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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66 reviews 66 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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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
5 helpful votes 5 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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