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Address: 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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+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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Cute piece of history that is now a visitor center

Awesome piece of history and now it's a visitor's center and the folks running it are very nice and talkative.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
M J N
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daly city, United States
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daly city, United States
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Awesome piece of history and now it's a visitor's center and the folks running it are very nice and talkative.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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377 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The knowledgeable docent & I enjoyed "girl talk" about how Mr. Jerome Ford had this lovely house with its unique "back yard" ~ the Pacific Ocean ~ built on Main St., for his wife Martha. The 1854 structure was well preserved & lived in until 1980. Original furniture & Victorian period decor, complete with floral wallpaper. It was closing soon... More 

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Thank ChanEvan
Sacramento
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

The displays and diaramas are dated, but that's part of the charm. You can learn a lot about the history of this little town in a short visit. The staff if very willing to answer your questions.

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Thank Wellsdesigned
San Francisco, California
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This attraction has NOTHING to do with Henry Ford. Rather, it is a very captivating glimpse into how redwood tree farming began in the Mendocino area. Great volunteer docents.

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Thank sffoodlover55
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Learned the history and visual lay of the land in a quick 30 minute visit. Many questions answered in an honest yet light manner.

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Madison, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Very informative and well staffed. We had a very informative look at the history of Mendocino from the start. Interesting to find out that the logging industry was the driving force and that it had direct ties to the East Coast family's Staff very knowledgeable and warm

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Chardonne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

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 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

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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Roseville, California
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

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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