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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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Well worth a look

Well worth a look. It makes Mendocino understandable. As a local historical museum, it is a good display. As a historical building, its worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Well worth a look. It makes Mendocino understandable. As a local historical museum, it is a good display. As a historical building, its worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Stopped in out of curiosity and ended up learning lots of interesting stuff about Mendocino's history. A very friendly docent was there to answer questions...she clearly enjoys what she does there.

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Small but packed with pictures and displays and here's a tip: ask a docent to play the history and then the architecture video. Sit still and laugh at the poor quality while learning about the history of the area. It is a nice break from shopping and dining which the city promotes. Love this place, went twice.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Interesting history of Mendocino and this whole fascinating area, well worth your time, but the house needs new carpeting!

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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Well worth the visit to learn about the history of Mendocino and the area. The photos were great and the person at the house did a great job describing the lumber industry background of the 19th century in the area. It is free to visit and well worth the time!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Loved the displays on the Ford family and the logging industry in the Mendocino and Northern California coast area. Lots of great photos and antiques. There is lots of helpful visitor what to see and do pamphlets and friendly folks to answer questions.

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Powell, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We were able to find out a great deal of information about Mendocino and the surrounding area. The staff was very enthusiastic about the community and environment. The historical photographs were amazing. It was great to see how the area's culture and environment changed over time. I recommend this as one of the first stops on your Mendocino visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We waited 1 hr to get in as we didn't know that it opens at 11:00 hrs and we're glad we did. The 2 volunteers In the museum told us a little bit of its history and they were very informative. They even told us about the - Blair House - which we didn't know about. Very friendly and just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The scale model of Mendocino Village was incredibly accurate and the displays of the history of the lumber industry were very interesting. It is amazing what people can accomplish when they are motivated.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

We spent two days in Mendocino. We loved the coastline, the walks, and the quaint buildings. We did not love the shops, nor did we find it the great artistic center some had led us to believe we would find. However, we did spend an hour at the Ford House and Museum and were really pleased we stopped in. There... More 

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