Oregon December 03, 2017
You’ll Want To Visit These 13 Houses In Oregon For Their Incredible Pasts
Oregon is home to several historic houses that offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the Beaver State’s past. Whether you love classic architecture, or are simply interested in Oregon history, these storied homes make for a great day trip.
Take a look:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. John and Susanna Ahlf House
This historic Grants Pass residence was built in 1902 for John Ahlf, a German immigrant who eventually became one of the most successful businessmen in the Rogue Valley.
2. Silas A. Rice House
This landmark is one of the few surviving log cabins left in Oregon. It was constructed in 1884 with doug fir logs. The one room building was once a farmstead home, a schoolhouse, and barbershop, and even a brothel. Today, it is known as the Gilliam County Historical Museum. You can visit and learn about early pioneer life and the Oregon Trail. The museum is located in Condon.
3. Captain John C. Ainsworth House
Located in Oregon City, this historic building dates back to 1851. It once belonged to John C. Ainsworth, the founder of the Oregon Steam Navigation Company.
4. Charles and Ibby Whiteside House
This classic bungalow was constructed in 1922 in Corvallis. It was built by Charles Whiteside for his wife, Ibby. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
5. Harvey Cross House
Harvey Cross was an important investor who helped fund the Barlow Road, the last overland segment of the Oregon Trail. He eventually served as a state senator. His home is located in Oregon City and dates to 1885.
6. Morton Matthew McCarver House
The Morton Matthew McCarver House was built in Boston in 1850, and then shipped to Oregon City. At the time, it was one of the most elaborate houses in frontier-era Oregon.
7. Flavel House
You may recognize this house from The Goonies, a beloved film shot in Astoria. It was built in 1885 by George Flavel, a maritime pilot and one of the areas first millionaires. Now a museum, you can stop by and check out the beautifully restored home in person.
8. Thomas M. Baldwin House
Located in Prineville, the Baldwin House once belonged to one of the wealthiest bankers in Prineville. It was built in 1907 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
9. Marion Reed Elliott House
Built in 1908, this house is another example of historic architecture in Prineville. It was constructed in the decades after the railroads first began reaching Central Oregon.
10. Pittock Mansion
Built in 1914, the Pittock Mansion is overflowing with history. This Portland home belonged to the owner of The Oregonian, Henry Pittock. You can visit the mansion for tours and an incredible view of Portland's skyline.
11. McLoughlin House
At the time of its construction in 1846, the John McLoughlin House was one of the most majestic homes in Oregon. John McLoughlin was a prominent member of the Hudson's Bay Company and even served as the mayor of Oregon City. Free tours of this historic home are offered Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
12. John and Helen Moore House
Located near Moro, this classic Italianate style house was built in 1882. It is one of the oldest homes in Sherman County, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
13. Abel E. Eaton House
This spectacular home was constructed in 1904 for Abel E. Eaton, a wealthy businessman who served as a community leader and mayor of Union. The landmark was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Have you visited any of these historic homes before? Share your thoughts and memories with us in the comments below!
For more Oregon history, check out our previous article:
Most People Don’t Know How These 12 Historic Towns In Oregon Got Their Start.