History Preserved at Willamette Heritage Center
Salem’s Willamette Heritage Center isn’t just about the history of the early missionaries to the Willamette Valley or of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, where it is situated. It also includes a selection of shops and park-like grounds that enchant visitors. With its own café, meeting and event spaces, it serves as a bustling hub of both historical scholarship and family entertainment.
A recent Lottery-funded grant of $6,500 will help the Center preserve Oregon history for future generations.
Mill grounds transformed
Take Time to Enjoy This Unique Setting
A warm Oregon day might find visitors enjoying the five acres of grounds. Feed the ducks that call Mill Creek home, enjoy a creekside picnic, or simply take in the beauty of the landscape.
Tour the Pacific Northwest’s Oldest Remaining Frame Houses
Several historic buildings related to the Willamette Valley’s early Euro-American settlement have been moved to the Willamette Heritage site. The 1841 Jason Lee House and Methodist Parsonage are the oldest standing wooden frame houses in the Pacific Northwest, featured along with the John D. Boon House (1847) and Pleasant Grove Church (1854), built by Oregon Trail immigrants.
An important Salem institution for more than a century
Thomas Kay Woolen Mill
Tour the mill building to learn about Salem’s Thomas Kay Woolen Mills, the influence of early mills on Oregon’s developing economy, and the relationship between the Salem mill and the long enduring Pendleton Woolen Mills. Feeling inspired? There’s plenty of wool yarn and fiber available at the Center’s shops to fuel your next project!
LOTTERY DOLLARS DOING GOOD THINGS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Turning Waste Wood into Energy
Good economic news for Grant County is coming from the timber industry, with a new Torre faction plant in John Day expected to bring 13-17 full-time jobs.
Prineville Airport Improvements
Prineville Airport is flying high because of a $2 million Lottery grant through the Oregon Department of Transportation and ConnectOregon. The grant helped to replace an old fuel system and build a facility for the Central Oregon Rapellers.
Albany’s Hebrew Cemetery Reclaimed
As frequently happens with our early cemeteries, the Albany Hebrew Cemetery had fallen into disrepair. Weeds and invasive vegetation had grown out of control. Many grave markers lay in ruined pieces. As sad as these conditions are at any burial ground, they were especially regrettable at this unique cemetery. The cemetery documents the lives and final resting sites of the Willamette Valley’s original Jewish settlers. As early as the 1870’s, a small community of Jewish families had settled in the Albany area. The tragic death of an infant death in one of these families was the catalyst that brought them together in an organized way. Together they founded the First Hebrew Congregation of Albany. In 1878, one of these families, the Senders, deeded the land that became the cemetery to the congregation.
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Return of the Kraken
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