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Mendocino County Heritage Network


Grace Hudson Museum and
The Sun House


Held Poage Memorial Home and Research Library

Mendocino County Museum & Roots of Motive Power

The Guest House Museum and Fort Building
Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society


Point Cabrillo Lighthouse


Ford House Museum and Visitor Center

The Kelley House Museum and Mendocino Historical Research, Inc.

Temple of Kwan Tai

Greenwood State Beach Visitor Center & Museum

Anderson Valley Historical Museum

Point Arena Lighthouse and
Museum


Map of Heritage Sites
The Network is a county-wide cooperative organization of independent local heritage sites. Our common goal is to promote the preservation and public enjoyment of County history. Participation is open to all groups and individuals interested in the preservation, understanding and promotion of local history for the benefit of Mendocino County residents and visitors. For further information contact any of the member sites and resources listed here.

Thousands of years of history await you in Mendocino County!  Explore the rich history of the Native American Pomo Tribe, which dates back almost 10,000 years. Understand the impact of Spanish and other European explorers who arrived on our shore as long as 500 years ago. Learn about the mixture of cultural traditions that gives the area its unique flavor and history. Mendocino County is also known for its towering redwood forests and rugged, beautiful coastline. While here, visitors can learn how our timber and maritime past helped shape this region. Many Mendocino County towns retain the feel of a hundred years ago, and our fine museums and historical sites preserve artifacts that represent a diverse California history. We encourage you to experience Mendocino County's remarkable heritage. We look forward to sharing our stories with you.


Grace Hudson Museum
and The Sun House


431 South Main Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 467-2836
Email for information: gracehudson@pacific.net www.gracehudsonmuseum.org
Open: Wednesday through Saturday,
10:00am – 4:30pm Sunday, 12noon – 4:30pm

This art, history and anthropology museum focuses on the lifeworks of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson and her husband, ethnographer Dr. John Hudson. Changing inter-disciplinary exhibits and public programs feature Western American art,
California Indian cultures, histories of California’s diverse North Coast region, and the work of contemporary regional artists. The Sun House (California Historical Landmark No.926), the Hudsons’ 1911 redwood Craftsman bungalow is open for docent-led tours between noon and 3:00pm.



Held Poage Memorial Home
and Research Library


603 West Perkins Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 462-6969
Email for information: mchs@pacific.net
Open: Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Mendocino County Historical Society's headquarters and library occupy a house built in 1903 for Judge William D. I. Held and his wife, Ethel Poage. The Society's mission is the collection and preservation of Mendocino and surrounding counties history. The library holds more than 5,000 volumes, thousands of historical photographic negatives, microfilms, documents, maps, scrapbooks and genealogical references. A small collection of Pomo Indian basketry is also on exhibit.


Mendocino County
Museum & Roots of
Motive Power


400 East Commercial Street
Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-2736
Email for information: museum@co.mendocino.ca.us www.co.mendocino.ca.us/museum
Open: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am – 4:30pm

The County Museum offers a significant collection of Mendocino County historical materials and artifacts on display, including pre-history (Indian arts), early settler displays of domestic and business life, and an alternate life-style (1960s-70s) display. Within the Museum’s buildings and grounds, Roots of Motive Power exhibits steam engines and railroad equipment used in early logging days, with live action demonstrations four times per year.


The Guest House Museum and Fort Building
Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society


343 North Main Street, P.O.Box 71, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-4251
Email for information: DonRNel@inreach.com
Open: Summer, Fall, Spring - Tuesday through Sunday,
10:00am – 4:00pm.
Winter - Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00am – 3:00pm

The Guest House Museum is a three-story Victorian (1892) built for "C. R." Johnson, founder of the Union Lumber Company, and first mayor of Fort Bragg. It became the company guest house in 1912. Artifacts, equipment and photographs depicting local history are on display. Outside displays include steam donkeys and railroad locomotives. The Fort Building (the only remaining structure from the 1857-1864 military post) contains a Fort model and artifacts from the post’s history.


Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

13800 Point Cabrillo Drive
P.O. Box 641
Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-0816
Email for Information: PCLK@pointcabrillo.org   www.pointcabrillo.org
Open: The Lighthouse and Gift Shop are open April - October, Friday through Monday, 11:00 am-4:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays in March.

On the windswept bluffs of the 300 acre nature preserve, the Point Cabrillo Light Station (1909), with its operating 3rd Order Fresnel lens, is one of the very few intact stations remaining on the west coast. Exhibits feature the area's maritime history, including a display of artifacts from the wreck of the Frolic, the Gold Rush era vessel that changed the north coast forever. Learn a little intertidal ecology at the Preserve's mini marine science center and saltwater aquarium, located in the historic blacksmith shop. The Lighthouse Gift Shop features collectibles and the work of local artists and photographers.


Ford House Museum and Visitor Center

736 Main Street, P.O. Box 1387 Mendocino, CA 95450 (707)937-5397
Email for information: fhvc@mcn.org
Open: Year-round, 7 days a week, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Donation appreciated.

This historic home is also the Interpretive Center for the Mendocino Headlands State Park. Built in 1854 for Jerome B. Ford, its displays include a scale model of Mendocino as it appeared in 1890, historic photographs, tools, boat models, a Native American display and seasonally changing exhibits on the local flora and fauna. Guided thematic walks along the Mendocino Headlands include whale watching, the history of Mendocino, and spring wildflowers.


The Kelley House
Museum and Mendocino Historical Research, Inc.


45007 Albion Street, P.O.Box 922 Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-5791
Email for information: kelleyhs@mcn.org www.mendocinohistory.org Museum open: Summer hours, Thursday through Tuesday,
1:00pm - 4:00pm • Winter hours, Friday through Monday,
1:00pm - 4:00pm

This historic home (built in 1861) offers exhibits on the cultural heritage of the Mendocino Coast. It interprets Mendocino's logging and shipping industries and the unique Victorian architecture for which the town is recognized nationally. Mendocino Historical Research operates the museum and maintains an extensive collection of historic photographs (printed from glass negatives), local genealogical data, publications and research materials. The facility is enhanced by a pond and gardens planted in native and historic species.


Temple of Kwan Tai

45160 Albion Street, P.O. Box 633 Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-5123
Email for information: lheechorley@mendolink.com www.kwantaitemple.org
Open: Weekends by appointment, please call.

The oldest original Taoist temple on California’s North Coast, the Temple of Kwan Tai offers living evidence of Mendocino’s 19th Century Chinese community. Four generations of its founders’ descendants have preserved the temple, a site now recognized as California Registered Historic Landmark No. 927. Rededicated in October 2001, the Temple of Kwan Tai has been officially praised at both the state and national level for its restoration.


Greenwood State Beach Visitor Center & Museum

5980 South Highway 1
Elk, CA
(five miles south of Highway 128) (707) 877--3458
Open: March through October, Saturdays and Sundays,
11:00am - 1:00pm

This small history center, which was once the office of the Goodyear Lumber Company, tells the story of the village of Elk / Greenwood from its founding in the late 1800s through its history as a booming lumber town. A large mural depicts the loading of lumber from the local wharf onto the ships waiting offshore. The museum also features historic photographs, archives, artifacts and a story rail tracing the history of the local lumber industry.


Anderson Valley Historical Museum

12340 Highway 128, P.O.Box 676 Boonville, CA 95415
(707) 895-2240
Email for information: sheri@outrageous.net
Open: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.
Summer hours: June 16 through August 30, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Winter hours: September 1 through November 30 and February 1 through June 15, 1:00pm - 4:00pm (closed December and January)

About one mile north of Boonville, the museum consists of the one-room Con Creek School (1891) and three added structures, including a model sheep shearing shed. Exhibits represent aspects of Valley home life, schools, agriculture and lumbering, with some special attention to "Boontling," the Valley's unique folk language. All artifacts displayed, including the exhibit of Pomo Indian basketry and stone tools, have been found or used in Anderson Valley.


Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum

Lighthouse Road, P.O.Box 11
Point Arena CA 95468
(707) 882-2809
Email for information: palight@mcn.org www.pointarenalighthouse.com
Open: April through September Daily 10:00am – 4:30pm,
October through March
Daily 10:00am – 3:30pm

One of the tallest lighthouses in California, the historic 115 foot tall Point Arena Lighthouse (1908) and the nearby Fog Signal Building (1869) are open to the public for guided tours. Visitors can climb to the top of the light as keepers have done for over 100 years. The lighthouse point is one of the best places to view migrating whales, endangered bird species, and rare coastal wildflowers. Three historic keeper’s homes are available for vacation rental.




Map of Heritage Sites



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1

Grace Hudson Museum and The Sun House


2

Held Poage Memorial Home and Research Library


3

Mendocino County Museum & Roots of Motive Power


4

The Guest House Museum and Fort Building Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society


5

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse


6

Ford House Museum and Visitor Center


7

The Kelley House Museum and Mendocino Historical Research, Inc.


8

Temple of Kwan Tai


9

Greenwood State Beach Visitor Center & Museum


10

Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum


11

Anderson Valley Historical Museum