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Address: 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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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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Packed with interesting information

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.

Reviewed August 4, 2016
Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
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.

Thank Lavarcham
Roseville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

Thank Helene T
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
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.

Thank Thailandtraveler64
Flagstaff, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
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.

Thank CleopatraBunny
Klamath Falls, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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 

Thank travelinlady3333
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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.

Thank bellenorfolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2016

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

Groveland, California
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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 

Thank Phil N
Greenbrae, California
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Reviewed April 20, 2016

Compact museum/house right downtown. Great way to get oriented and to get the local history of Mendocino and of the lumber industry and the shipping business that moved lumber down the coast to San Francisco.

Thank californian10
Sunnyvale, California
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Reviewed April 17, 2016

Interesting displays. Videos available. A great break from the bright midday sun or possible fog. Wish we had had more time to be there.

Thank Kathleen J

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