Travel Itineraries

For History Buffs

Sonoma County


Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa
Luther Burbank, the famed horticulturist, made his home in Santa Rosa for more than fifty years. On this garden site and in nearby Sebastopol, Burbank conducted plant-breeding experiments, and introduced more than 800 new varieties of plants. Discover Burbank's home, carriage house, greenhouse, museum, and gift shop. Victorian dressed docents are available for tours. Gardens are open all year, everyday from 8:00am - dusk. Tours are available daily. Admission: free

Santa Rosa Avenue & Sonoma Avenue

Santa Rosa, CA

Phone:  707-524-5445


Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen

Jack London State Historic Park is a memorial to writer and adventurer Jack London, who made his home at the site from 1905 until his death in 1916. The park was once part of the famous writer’s Beauty Ranch. The park contains the cottage residence where he wrote books, short stories, articles and letters while he oversaw various agricultural enterprises. After London’s death, his wife, Charmian, continued to live in the cottage until her death in 1955. It was her wish that the ranch be preserved in memory of Jack London and his work.

2400 London Ranch Rd.

Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Phone: 707-938-5216


 Mendocino County


Ford/Kelly House Museums, Mendocino

Located in the village of Mendocino these historic Victorian homes feature exhibits on the cultural heritage of the Mendocino Coast.  The Ford House Museum features models of vessels which once plied coastal waters, carrying lumber, passengers and other essentials to those who made their homes on the North Coast. It also features an elaborate model of the town of Mendocino in 1890. The Kelly House maintains an extensive collection of historic photographs, local genealogical data, publications and research materials. 

45007 Albion Street,
P. O. Box 922

Mendocino, CA 95460

Phone:  707.937.5791


Roots of Motive Power & the Mendocino County Museum, Willits

Mendocino County Museum collects and exhibits artifacts illustrating the diverse history of Mendocino County and the northern California Redwood Empire.  The sprawling complex includes galleries, archives, research libraries, classrooms, and an Engine House with two railroad tracks for display of historic train engines and equipment.  Roots of Motive Power locted in the same complex, is dedicated to the preservation of steam powered equipment and railroad artifacts. The collection includes 29 units including the California Western Skunk steam locomotive with its caboose.  Exhibition Gallery open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00am - 4:30pm.  Admission is free however donations are appreciated.  Suggested:  Adults $2 - Families $5

400 East Commercial St.

Willits, CA  95490

Tele:  707-459-2736

Lake County


Lake County Historic Courthouse Museum

The vault of Lake County history - the Lake County Historic Courthouse Museum - features The Mystery and History of Clear Lake among its displays and an exhibit rich with Pomo history and artifacts. The museum also is home to a research library.

255 N. Main Street

Lakeport, CA



Lower Lake Historical Schoolhouse Museum, Lower Lake

Designated as a state historical site, t he Lower Lake Historical Schoolhouse Museum, is a two-story schoolhouse with its distinctive Mansard roof designed and built by Leslie P. Nichols in 1877 with funds raised by the townspeople. It was constructed with locally manufactured brick and lumber and was used as a grammar school until 1935. An auditorium with a large stage and facilities for performances and social gatherings is located on the second floor. Exhibits include a geology display donated by Homestake Mining Company with a sample of raw gold, artifacts from pioneer families, and an example of an early classroom.

16435 Morgan Valley Road

Lower Lake, CA


Humboldt County


Blue Ox Millworks, Eureka

Antique woodworking machinery from the 1800s and early 1900s is used in the production of custom millwork in our main woodworking building, sawmill building and moulder building. Come see the world's largest functioning collection of human powered equipment from Barnes Manufacturing, one of the most efficient manufacturers of human powered tools in the 1800s.

One X Street

Eureka, Ca 95501



Fort Humboldt SHP, Eureka

Fort Humboldt is situated on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay. This remote military post was established in 1853 to assist in conflict resolution between Native Americans and gold-seekers and settlers who had begun flooding into the area after the discovery of gold in the northern mines.

3431 Fort Avenue
, CA 95503

525 S. Main Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Main: 866-GOMENDO Fax: 707-462-7598
Email: [email protected]

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