Resting atop a small knoll in Fort Bragg on the west side of Main Street lies an
ancient storehouse of history, a three-story Victorian mansion known as the Guest House
Museum. Built primarily of coast redwood, the building has served numerous functions over
the years. Its first role was as the Fort Bragg Lumber Company’s guest house for out of town
company senior officials from San Francisco and VIP guest visitors. The lumber company
owning it subsequently changed hands, and the function of this architectural marvel also
changed, from guest house to entertainment hub to part of a military post; at one point it even
served as a specialty boutique for a department store. Finally in 1985 then-owner GeorgiaPacific Corporation donated the building to the City of Fort Bragg.
Today it is a museum that documents 150 years of Mendocino history. Within the ornate mansion’s walls visitors will find a repository of artifacts that shed light on logging, fishing, steam trains, and wood and glass craftsmanship, along with fascinating photographs of the families who once resided in the bustling town of Fort Bragg. The Guest House Museum is run by the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society. Hours vary seasonally.
WHERE: 343 N. Main St., Fort Bragg MORE INFO: 707-964-4251