Kelley House Museum, Mendocino

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Kelley House Museum is a house museum in Mendocino, California. It is located at 45007 Albion Street in Mendocino.

It was founded in 1973 and has mission "to collect, preserve, protect and share the rich history of the Mendocino Coast." It interprets Mendocino's logging and shipping industries.

It is the starting point of a popular walking tour of Mendocino.
It has "the only museum-quality storage and research facility open to visitors on the Mendocino California Coast."
It has a cannon salvaged by sport divers in the 1960s, from the ship Frolic which was wrecked in 1850 a few miles north of Mendocino, at Point Cabrillo. Investigation of the wreck by agents of Henry Meiggs sparked the development of the timber industry in the area. Mendocino itself was founded in 1852 as a logging community for what became the Mendocino Lumber Company, and was originally named Meiggsville after Meiggs.

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  • The docent John was so interesting to listen to. He told stories of shipwrecks and Mr. Ford. The house is beautifully restored and we bought a bird kite that I had been wanting for a long time.  more »
  • I don't know how they managed to designate this whole town as a living monument to 1900 but architecturally they did and they express that with pride, not with snooty attitudes. It's a wonderful...  more »
  • Fantastic very knowledgeable. I have been to Mendocino several times and decided to take the walking tour. WOW. The guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable of the history of the town. Highly recommended! I enjoyed it thoroughly.
  • The tour is super informative and a great way to understand the village.

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