Mr. and Mrs. Ford lived in this lovely home with their six children. Today, their house serves as the official Visitor Center for the village of Mendocino, as well as a gateway to the Mendocino Headlands State Park, preserved lands along the oceanside bluffs that surround the village and extend into Big River, just south of the village. The headlands offer trails with stunning ocean vistas year-round, whether you’re watching the whales migrate in winter, escaping the heat in summer, or enjoying the drifts of wildflowers blooming in the spring.
The Ford House gives visitors a glimpse into what it was like to live in Mendocino in those long-ago days, including a detailed diorama of the town circa 1890, lovingly created by a local craftsman. It’s fun to see which buildings are still standing after more than a century.