“To inspire wonder, discovery, recreation and stewardship of our

natural and cultural treasures in Mendocino County’s State Parks”



45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA., Mendocino Headlands State Park

11 am to 4 pm, Daily


The Ford House Museum and Visitor Center is located in the Mendocino Headlands State Park that surrounds on three sides the picturesque town of Mendocino, listed on the National Historic Register.  The park sits on the rugged Mendocino County shoreline where the Big River empties into the Pacific.  Miles of trails wind along the cliffs, giving the casual explorer spectacular views of sea arches and hidden grottoes. Secluded beaches Day-use only. No camping.

Permanent exhibits at the Ford House reflect Mendocino's early settlement era. There is a display of artifacts from the Pomo; Native Americans who had lived in the area for over 8,000 years before the arrival of the first settlers. A visitor favorite is the scale model of the town as it was in 1890, created by the late local craftsman, Len Peterson. Throughout the house, old photographs, tools and relics illustrate the saga of the early mill town days, from the felling of the redwoods to the shipping of the lumber aboard the legendary doghole schooners. Also of note is the exhibit of Emmy Lou Packard prints. Packard, who was a friend and colleague of Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera in her early career, was responsible for starting the grass roots movement that led to the creation of Mendocino Headlands State Park, and, ultimately, the Mendocino Historic District in 1972.

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. Map

Seasonal exhibits showcase the local flora and fauna, including  Whales, Wildflowers, and Mushrooms. Whale Watching walks are scheduled in March.  See Events Calendar.

Weddings, group and school tours of the Museum, along with cultural and natural history walks and talks are available with advance notice.

For information, or if you are interested in being involved in the Ford House Docent Council, please contact Ford House Manager Jim Owens at 707-937-5397

e-mail: fordhouse@mcn.org.                                            Mail: P.O. Box 1387, Mendocino, CA 95460


MENDOCINO Progressive Dinner

The historic village of Mendocino has proven to be the perfect location for The Ford House Progressive Dinner.

Throughout the course of the evening those who attend will have the pleasure of discovery by attending the dinner in three different historical buildings. Each one beautiful and unique.

Dinners typically start with appetizers by Margaret Fox, Culinary Director for Harvest Market at the Odd Fellows Hall. Paired with sparkling wine. Where you will enjoy the current art on displayed

After the reception, the dinner will continue by making your way over to the Mendocino Hotel to enjoy salad and your choice of three different entree's. Usually a meat dish such as prime rib, or lamb chops, a seafood dish such as seared tuna, or a seafood bouillabaisse and the third choice would be a vegetarian dish. Each year we switch it up a little.   

Then to complete the evening a lush & decadent dessert and a silent auction at the Ford House Museum.

Each course paired with fine Mendocino County wines.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please check out the link below:



45035 Main Street, Mendocino, open daily 11am to 4pm | 707.937.5397 | www.mendoparks.org



A beautiful video pictorial of the Mendocino Coast - Videographer / Photographer: Randy Johnson - http://www.johnsonartworks.com/




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