Durham House Inn
2280 Durham Dayton Hwy
Durham, CA 95938

530.342.5900

 


History

The W. W. Durham House is an Italianate Victorian on the National Register of Historic Places. W.W. Durham built a spacious new home for himself and his bride Minnie Van Ness in 1874 in the town bearing his name Durham, California. Minnie Van Ness was related to the San Francisco Van Ness family. Her father was responsible for the lay out of San Francisco.

Durham is conveniently located 10 minutes south of Chico. The Durham House served as home and headquarters for W. W.'s successful farming endeavors from its completion in 1874 until his death in 1907. He often consulted with General John Bidwell of Chico with whom he shared an interest in horticulture. The Palm trees in front were planted by Minnie. W.W. Durham planted several grafted citrus trees which still remain. In 1880 W. W. Durham's status as
community leader was confirmed when he was elected to the California State Assembly.

We invite you to enjoy your stay at the Durham House surrounded by almond and walnut orchards which now retains one and one half acres from its original 440. Gardens, a Gazebo and Guest Rooms appointed in Fine Victorian Antiques with an Art Collection of Maxfield Parrish Prints along with a relaxing swimming pool are all here waiting to be a part of your Home away from Home.