Ferndale was settled in 1852, and by the 1880s it had become a bustling agricultural, dairy and transportation center. Immigrants from Scandinavia, Italy and Portugal gravitated to this thriving community. Today, the entire one-square-mile village is a California Historical Landmark, with its Main Street listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered the best-preserved Victorian village in California.
This idyllic town of 1,400 people has in many ways remained unchanged since the 1890s. By taking a tour down Main Street you will encounter the photogenic beauty of delightful shops and ornate buildings. Stroll past charming churches dating back to the 1800s, and carefully restored Victorian homes with stunning gardens. While on Main Street, enjoy the fine restaurants, art galleries, antique stores and specialty shops. You may also recognize parts of the town from the motion pictures “The Majestic” and “Outbreak.”
Next Up: #31 – Historic Ferndale Cemetery