|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
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
12/9 Christmas Tea
12/14 Foundation Annual
12/19 & 12/21
Mansion Candlelight Tour
Become a Docent at the McHenry
- Training in local history
- Support a local landmark
- Educate visitors about
history Social events
- Mansion Foundation
- Yearly trip to historical homes
- Flexible hours
- 49 volunteers hours per year
- You choose when to work
For more information email