Virtually unchanged since the 1800s, Ferndale, Calif. (pop. 1,382) is a living history museum of Victorian and other architectural treasures.
Nestled in a verdant, pastoral valley near Northern California's redwood forests, Ferndale was founded in 1852. A prosperous dairy industry provided the economic base, and the blend of agriculture and architecture produced splendidly ornate buildings that are known today as "Butterfat Palaces.
Stroll the town's Historic Main Street District, where art galleries, antique shops and boutiques complement a dazzling array of 19th-century Gothic Revival, Italianate, Eastlake and Queen Anne homes.
Visit the Ferndale Museum and view historic exhibits of this thriving community. In addition to displaying artifacts, furniture and items that have survived since the town was founded - the museum also provides walking tours of the well-preserved town.
Check out the cemetery. With historic markers dating back to the last century and overlooking the town, Ferndale's pioneer cemetery is an off-beat but popular attraction.
Why spend only one day when you can spend a night or two at one of Ferndale's historic B&B's. Go to our LODGING section and choose Ferndale to see a listing. And since you're spending the night - plan on an evening of entertainment at the Ferndale Playhouse.Russ Park Russ Park is a 105-acre preserve located at the southern edge of Ferndale. Located within easy walking distance of Main Street.
The Portuguese Holy Ghost Celebration
Cinco de Mayo Folkloric Festival.
Kinetic Sculpture race
Ferndale is also the home of the Humboldt County Fair, held every August where you can wager at the historic racetrack.
Christmas in Ferndale is also magical - come for the lighting of the world's tallest Christmas tree or watch the lighted tractor parade.
From California Hwy 101, take the Fernbridge/Ferndale exit. Cross historic Fernbridge and drive through five miles of pastoral views to Ferndale's Main Street.