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Kelley House Museum, Mendocino

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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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  • I love old houses and this one had some of the best period furnishings I have seen. I really enjoyed seeing it. Just lovely. 
    I love old houses and this one had some of the best period furnishings I have seen. I really enjoyed seeing it. Just lovely.  more »
  • Very lovely visit to a Victorian that felt largely in original condition. Lovely docent gave us a brief history of the town and the home, lots of photos. Very charming. 
    Very lovely visit to a Victorian that felt largely in original condition. Lovely docent gave us a brief history of the town and the home, lots of photos. Very charming.  more »
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  • Learn all about the water towers and why Mendocino has so many! The historians here are very knowledgeable and the tour of the water towers in town is very insightful! I suggest going to the museum before lunch so you can get a lay of the town and choose where you want to eat.
  • Highly recommend the walking tour! Juliet is charming and knowledgeable! Great story-teller! 5 🌟

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