|The McHenry Mansion is Modesto's Treasure. It
is the city's only original Victorian home and one of the few
remaining reminders of the town's rich heritage. Its
restoration has proved to be the community's most visible, extended
renovation project. Thousands of local citizens have participated
and contributed to the restoration.
A typical day at the McHenry Mansion may include a group tour for a
busload of school children in the morning, docent-conducted tours for
a hundred people in the afternoon, and an elegant private party in the
evening. The Mansion is used by the community almost every day,
with an average of 20,000 annual visitors. The house tours are
only possible because of the dedication of a large group of docent
volunteers who serve as guides.
information on becoming a docent.
In addition to free tours the mansion is often
used for special occasion celebrations as weddings, teas, dinners,
receptions, birthdays, anniversaries etc. It is the site of
official entertaining by the City of Modesto, as well as by service
clubs, groups, organizations and individuals. In the past it has
hosted arts and crafts exhibits, a Smithsonian Victorian Garden
exhibit, Victorian Silver exhibit, Victorian “Floral Extravaganza” and
a Victorian fashion show among many other events. In 2008, a “125th
Anniversary Party” for the mansion was well attended by the public. It
continues public festivities with a variety of annual teas, a St.
Patrick’s Day Pub night, Christmas party, the Table Setting Event,
Fourth of July celebration, Candlelight Tours, and the Dickens Faire.
Admission Is Free
A donation is always appreciated to further the
restoration and maintenance of the Mansion. To schedule a group tour
call the Modesto Parks/Recreation and Neighborhoods Office at (209)
Docent at the McHenry Mansion
- Training in local history
- Support a local landmark
- Educate visitors about
history Social events
- Mansion Foundation
- Yearly trip to historical
- Flexible hours
- 49 volunteers hours per
- You choose when to work
For more information email