Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, Mendocino

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#4 of 7 in Historic Sites in Mendocino County
The Ford House Museum, located on Main Street in Mendocino, is recognized by the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce as the official Visitor Information Center for the town. Open daily, 11am to 4pm, the Ford House is the perfect place to start any visit to Mendocino. The circa 1854 home offers both historic and current information on the town and the area State Parks, including a broad selection of brochures, books, maps, cards, and gifts. A number of videos are available upon request, with topics ranging from the steam whistle logging era of the early Twentieth Century to the amazing story of gray whale migration.

Seasonal exhibits are showcased through out the year and include Whales, Wildflowers, and Mushrooms.
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  • The Ford House contains an exhibition of photographs, models and drawings that describe well the history and practices of the logging industry in and around Mendocino. Worth a visit if you're in town.  more »
  • We stopped in for a map of the local businesses and were treated to a quick and informative history of this historic town. Well worth the time.  more »
  • Small museum with interesting information about the local area. Well worth spending half an hour to look round  more »
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  • In this age of taking down Confederate monuments it would also be nice not to gloss over the decimation of native people and their ways of life (in this case the Pomo) with language like "Northern Pomo left to try life on reservations" as if they were not forced to do so by the U.S. government and merely got some good deal on real estate elsewhere and jumped on it. Heavy use of the passive voice in writings in these sorts of local museums ("California's native populations were steadily reduced by ninety percent") makes it seem like it was some blameless activity that couldn't have been avoided. Would love to see places like the Ford House start this trend by acknowledging this ugly past (which they partly did). Otherwise, a very cute museum with friendly and informative staff.

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