The Weller House in Fort Bragg, CA

Not too long back a couple visiting our layout (The Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Navigation Co.) asked me if I knew the history of the tall converted water tower you can see from the layout to the north. I told them what little I knew – that it was a historical building. Well I can now do a bit better than that.

The Weller House is a historic Victorian house that is now a bed & breakfast. Built in Fort Bragg for Horace Weller in 1886, the Weller House is the oldest existing house in the city. Expanded a year later, it came to include three stories with 10 rooms, including a 1,600 square feet ballroom. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The redwood that lines the ballroom is quite spectacular.

It wasn’t always a B&B – this pic was taken when it was a museum:

Weller House when it was a museum

Weller House when it was a museum

Here’s a pic of the plaque showing its historic designation :

Weller House historic plaque

Weller House historic plaque

The Weller House today

The Weller House today