Looking for a way to walk off your Thanksgiving dinner or entertain out of town guests? On Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Sunday (November 28-December 1), the Kelley House will offer our docent-led, historic walking tours of Mendocino. Learn about movie sites, ghost stories, and meeting places of yesteryear. Walks start promptly at 11 am at the Kelley House Museum, 45007 Albion St., Mendocino. Cost $10pp
Welcome to Kelley House Museum!
About the Kelley House Museum
The mission of the Kelley House Museum is to collect, preserve and share the rich history of the Mendocino Coast. Founded in 1972, Kelley House Museum, Inc. maintains a beautiful house museum and gardens, as well as the Mendocino Coast’s only museum-quality storage facility and staffed research office. Our research archives represent over 150 years of Mendocino coastal history. Collections include historic photo collections, local genealogical data, research documents and publications. Over 3000 entries of maps, documents, books, photographs, oral histories and artifacts from our collection are searchable through our site.
The Kelley House Museum is an historic house museum in the heart of Mendocino, California, a picturesque town of 1,000 people. The home was built in 1861 by William Kelly (sp), one of Mendocino’s founding fathers, and now contains 19th Century furniture. The ocean-view home sits on an acre of gardens, with a pond and three resident geese. William had the pond built and stocked so that the neighborhood children could fish.
Did You Know?
We offer Walking Tours of the Mendocino National Historic Preservation District. Tours leave from the Kelley House Museum every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am, and last for 1 1/2 hours.
Unknown Mendocino Coast couple taken at Wonacott’s Studio in Fort Bragg. Circa 1920 – 1930
Around the House
On Sunday, November 17, at 3 pm the Kelley House Museum is hosting a showing of the 2007 lecture by activist Mildred Benioff. The story is pertinent today in light of the recent meetings hosted by the County Planning Department regarding the revision of the Mendocino Town Plan.
Artist Emmy Lou Packard was appalled at the thought of development on the privately owned sections of the south headlands. She worked through the 1960s to convince town residents that the magnificent views of and from the headlands should be saved. In this lecture, Mildred, who recently passed away, tells dramatically of the search for funds to purchase the headlands.
Anyone with enthusiasm for, or curiosity about, our town’s history should attend the Sunday, November 17, presentation to learn more.
Lectures on local history topics, such as Mildred Benioff’s presentation, are available for sale at theKelley House Museum, 45007 Albion St., Mendocino. 707-937-5791. www.KelleyHouseMuseum.org