Victorian Village of Ferndale

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.

Annual Events:  
  • The Portuguese Holy Ghost Celebration 
  • Cinco de Mayo Folkloric Festival.  
  • 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.

Ferndale Chamber of Commerce


Ferndale Chamber of Commerce

Visit the Website
Victorian Architecture - Main St
Full Calendar of Events
Map This

Ferndale Chamber of Commerce
Ferndale, CA  95536

print this page
send to a friend


  • A photographer's paradise, it has been called one of the prettiest painted places in America.
  • Only 20 minutes north of the giant redwoods.
  • P O Box 325, Ferndale, CA 95536