Willamette Heritage Center

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.

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

OREGON LOTTERY DOLLARS DO SO MANY GOOD THINGS

Over $200 Million paid to prize winners each year

Millions funding every community across Oregon

Retailer commissions, Vendor contracts, and Employee salaries