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The Pond


The Kelley House Museum is working with the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department to repair the Kelley House Pond. The Fire Department will use the pond as a ready source of emergency firefighting water. Because of changes made to the town sewer system, the pond can no longer hold a steady water level. A new liner must be installed, and landscaping added to restore a natural appearance. All of this work will be expensive, and we need substantial community support to get it done. Please contribute now, by clicking the “Donate” button.

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Kelley House Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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.

History Mystery

Domestic Steam Laundry Automobile

Domestic Steam Laundry Automobile

This photograph was taken around 1919. The Domestic Steam Laundry was a business in Fort Bragg. Who is the fellow in front of the automobile piled high with bags of laundry?


Father Time and the Maiden Big River Logjam Racing on the Mendocino Headlands in the 1930s The J.M.Griffith in Mendocino Bay Kwan Tai Temple Loggers working a Tall Redwood Closeup of Loggers on a Redwood Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Wells Fargo Stage in Mendocino Logging Camp on Big River

Around the House
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Maps, Maps, Maps!

January 20th, 2015 by Staff

Map Poster

Do you love maps? The Kelley House Museum is planning a wonderful event for you. A special exhibition of historic charts, maps, and documents will soon be on display. You’ll see historical maps tracing the earliest exploration of this region, alongside more recent charts and sketches showing early place names and geographical features. “Mendocino, A Sense of Place” will open on February 13th. Members Preview Night will be February 12th from  5 – 7. It’s a fascinating collection of maps from our archives along with some real treasures on loan from private collections. Don’t miss it!

Old-School Style Grocery Shopping

January 8th, 2015 by Staff

Original Mendosa’s Market

Here’s a snapshot of the old days at the original Mendosa’s Market, with Morris and Gus behind the counter helping Aileen and Joe Gomes. Check out the hand-cranked adding machine. And yes, that is an actual pencil in use (with a pocket clip!). What would have been the price on that can of Bartlett pears? There’s also a package of “Swift’s Allsweet Oleomargarine” in the transaction. Photo from the Kelley House Museum archives.