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Cornelius C. Beekman built this 1 1/2 story Gothic Revival style home for his wife and two children between 1870 and 1876. When the family moved in, Beekman was already well established in his downtown bank where he bought, sold, and shipped gold; served as a Wells Fargo Express agent; sold school supplies; and dealt in real estate. Read More
Built in 1895 as a home for newlyweds Susan and John Burrows, both in their 60s. The house was originally located at Alder and the Coast Highway. At the time, it was isolated and surrounded by dense shore pine. Its location between the Bayfront and Nye Beach earned it the nickname "The Half-Way House." Read More
Located in Bush’s Pasture Park, the Bush House Museum offers tours to the public and preserves and interprets the heritage of the Bush House and Bush’s Pasture Park to illuminate Oregon history and culture associated with the lives and legacy of Salem’s Bush Family. Featuring many iconic 19th century furnishings, this technologically advanced home also contains the original light… Read More
An early pioneer, Dr. Charles Green Caples migrated across the Oregon Trail as a boy. After his marriage to Lucinda McBride, he studied medicine in Portland and passed the examination by the Board of Physicians for his degree. In 1870 he constructed his two story home on the same spot where his father Joseph Caples built his log cabin… Read More
The Molalla Area Historical Society maintains several structures on one site. The Dibble House is the oldest pioneer house in the area and one of the region's few remaining saltbox houses, which were uncommon in Oregon. It was constructed of fir and cedar in 1856, four years after Horace and Julia Ann Sturges Dibble had crossed on the Oregon… Read More
As one of the best preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest, the Flavel House survives today as a landmark of local and national significance. The house was built in 1884-85, for Captain George Flavel and his family. The Captain, who made his fortune through his occupation as a river bar pilot and through real estate investments,… Read More
Historic Deepwood Estate is an 1894 Queen Anne Victorian Home situated on approximately 4 acres of manicured gardens and nature trails set in the heart of Salem near its downtown core. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Homes in 1973. The museum is operated by the Friends of Deepwood, a non-profit organization created to disseminate… Read More
The Bybee-Howell House, a pioneer home, re-creates life on Sauvie Island from 1855-85. The grounds are suitably historic, and include an herb garden, a collection of old roses, a small agricultural museum, and the Pioneer Orchard, an extensive collection of fruit varieties grown by pioneers. The orchard has more than 115 different varieties of apples, and smaller collections of… Read More
The Lake Oswego Preservation Society's History Center & Museum is located in the last remaining Iron Company Worker's Cottage in Lake Oswego. In 1867 the first iron was made on the Pacific coast. The blast furnace stack can be seen nearby as well as other sites on the Oswego Iron Heritage Trail. The cottage is the oldest house in… Read More
The Murphy Company Building is a good example of the Colonial Revival style. Completed in c. 1920, the building displays many of the most defining characteristics of the style in its massing, bilateral symmetrical façade, its temple like, full story pedimented portico with columns and decorative pilasters, multi-light windows with shutters, and its paired multi-light front doors Read More
Very few changes have been made to the Schmidt House since 1910, and it was home to Anna and Flora until they graciously donated the house to the Josephine County Historical Society in 1978. Today, the rooms contain many original furnishings spanning the lifetimes of Anna and Flora. Guided tours are given to visitors during which the guide relates… Read More
The history of the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House, or the “Castle on the Hill,” begins with Thomas Winthrop Shelton and his wife, Adah. The Sheltons made the move from Salem to Eugene with their daughter, Alberta, in 1873. After buying 320 acres in downtown Eugene, including Skinner’s Butte, from pioneer Mary Skinner, Dr. Shelton hired architect Walter Pugh to design a… Read More
The Flippin House National Historic Site, locally and affectionately known as the Castle, is built high on a hill above the town of Clatskanie. The original owners of the Castle were Thomas and Florence (Elliott) Flippin who filed Donation Land Claims in timber property and later established the West Oregon Lumber mill. Tom began saving the best lumber for… Read More
The Hoover-Minthorn House Museum was built in 1881, by Jesse Edwards, the Quaker founder of Newberg. It is the oldest standing home in the original Newberg township. In 1885, Dr. Henry John Minthorn, uncle and foster-father of Herbert Hoover, and his family moved to the house. Dr. Minthorn became the first superintendent of Friends Pacific Academy (forerunner of today's… Read More
The McLoughlin House stands today as a reminder of the great contribution Dr. John McLoughlin made to the settlement of the Oregon Country. In 1909, it was threatened with demolition, but a group of concerned local citizens formed the McLoughlin Memorial Association to preserve and protect the house and the legacy of Dr. McLoughlin. They moved the house from… Read More
Victorian farm house, built in 1874. One of few museums to hold 3 generations of family posessions and furnishings. A heritage garden surrounds the home. Jacob and Lena Zimmerman were German immigrants, traveling over the Oregon Trail in 1851. One of 5 founding pioneer families of Fairview Oregon. Read More