Exploring the Eel River Valley

The Victorian Village of Ferndale

National Geographic Magazine describes Ferndale as a "verdant land of velvety fields...dotted with cows, tiny school houses, and exquisite gingerbread homes." Founded in 1852, Ferndale is the western-most city in the continental United States. Its downtown has remained largely unchanged since the 1890's. Here you will find many well-preserved Victorian buildings.


Walk down Main Street for a trip back in time. Originally built by dairy farmers and ranchers, the town is now shared with artists, with affordable local art, shops, restaurants, a working blacksmith and saddle shops. Ferndale Cemetery offers another insight into the area's history. Twenty-minute informative tours of Ferndale are available in a horse-drawn carriage.

The Victorian Village of Ferndale deserves more than a day to discover. Explore the old fashioned mercantiles, art galleries, antique and specialty shops in Ferndale's Historic main Street District. Take a look at Ferndale's historic Carnegie Library, see live theater at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre, watch candy makers in action, and visit the Museum of Kinetic Sculpture. Call the Ferndale Chamber at 707-786-4477 for more information.

Ferndale Museum

Stop ate the Ferndale Museum to explore Ferndale's past, including Victorian room settings, a working seismograph, and an annex featuring farming, smithing and dairy equipment. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. Phone 707-786-4466. It is located at Shaw and Third Streets.

Ferndale Historic Walking Tour

This self-guided tour leads you to Ferndale's Queen Anne, Eastlake, Gothic Revival and Italianate style buildings. Maps are available at the Ferndale Museum and at many of the local shops.

Ferndale's Russ Park

Russ Park was donated by Zipporah Patrick Russ in 1920 "as a park...and refuge and breeding place for birds." More than 100 varieties of birds have been seen in the park. The Park is 105 acres and has 3 miles of trails with a Sitka Spruce forest which is more rare than Redwoods. Russ Park can be reached by turning left at the south end of Main Street onto Ocean Street and traveling 3/4 mile to the gravel parking area on the right.


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