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

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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Good history lesson

Worth stopping in, especially if you don't know much about the history of the area and the lumber industry. Real informative volunteer staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Pratt5
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Chardonne, Switzerland
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Chardonne, Switzerland
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Worth stopping in, especially if you don't know much about the history of the area and the lumber industry. Real informative volunteer staff.

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Port of Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is the restored former residence of the superintendent of what once was a thriving lumber mill. The displays and artifacts portray the history of the Mendocino area and the northern California coast. Volunteer docents are available to explain and lecture on the various informative displays.

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ford House Museum retains a lovely sense of a lived in town house while being crammed full of interesting photographs and information about the history of the town.

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Thank Lavarcham
Roseville, California
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ford House Museum gives one a great overview of Mendocino history. The first time we visited a docent explained why Mendocino was established and went into detail of it's history. The second time we visited we self guided our tour. Either way it is good to get a sense of Mendocino's history.

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Thank Helene T
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

The Ford House is an "ok" place to walk through and pick of some cool facts about the origin of Mendocino. One that stuck out to me is that there were 35 wind mill water wells here at one time. It's also a great place to get info on all the local attractions.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Right on the Main Street, the house museum should be your first stop to learn the local timber industry history and the stories of the Ford family behind it all. The couple who volunteered when we visited have tremendous local knowledge and eagerly shared it.

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Woodland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We were at the restaurant (The Flow) across the street. From their outdoor patio we watched these paper birds attached to poles (seagull, hawks) flying in the wind. They seemed to float so effortlessly and so real. It was intriguing and we live in a windy area so had to go check them out. Seeing the museum was worth the... More 

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Thank Diana W
norfolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Centrally located and well worth a visit which is free. Very helpful gentleman who was happy to answer questions. A good overall history of the area and a interesting model of the town of Mendocino.

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Thank bellenorfolk
Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Wonderful old house filled with historic photos. Ford family descendants visit the house to this day. Don't miss it

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Groveland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

One of the best organized museums I have visited. Well presented information about Mr. Ford and life in Mendocino County in the 19th Century. Learned "Murder She Wrote" used Mendocino as "Cabot Cove." The museum building was built in 1854 and is remarkably well preserved and well constructed for its day. There is no charge, and there is a donation... More 

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