150th Anniversary

Fern Cottage Foundation is getting ready to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this historic home, and we hope you will consider being a part of it.

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Historic Home

Fern Cottage was the home of pioneers Joseph and Zipporah Russ

Tours Thursday–Saturday!

Living History

Fern Cottage is one of the few homes in California lived in by the same family since the 1870s.

Weddings and Group Tours

Weddings, events and group tours are welcomed year around. Call for a reservation.

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Historic quilt show: March 2–May 31

Come take a tour of Fern Cottage and two dozen historic quilts made in the home along with other quilt pieces and textiles.
Thursday–Saturday 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
Cost of tours are $10

We are closed until March 2

Other closure dates in 2017: 6/2, 6/3, 6/9–6/11, 6/30–7/2, 9/9, 11/23

In the fall of 1852 Joseph Russ hired two vaqueros and drove 100 head of cattle over the coast range to Eureka, where he sold the cattle to the army. In 1854 he married Zipporah Patrick, who lived in Sacramento after crossing the plains with her family in a covered wagon. They bought about 50,000 acres, most of which is still ranched by their descendants.


2121 Centerville Road
P.O. Box 1286
Ferndale, California 95536


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