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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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Moreno Valley, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
14 helpful votes 14 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Montecito, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We were created and welcomed without our little min pin carried in a small bag. One of the employees or care takers gave us a history lesson and tour without being asked which was refreshing and nice coming from a big city. We learned more than we could have by just enjoying the displays.

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Felton, California
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313 reviews 313 reviews
144 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

This museum is also the Visitors Center for the Marine Headlands State Park. they have lots of good information the husband/wife team (when we visited) were very informative. Good Mendocino history.

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