McLoughlin Memorial Association

The William L. Holmes House

(1847 Rose Farm)


Holmes House Museum at the Rose Farm

536 Holmes Lane

Oregon City, OR 97045

P.O. Box 3261 Oregon City, OR 97045



  The Holmes House is scheduled to reopen for the months of August and September. Starting August 7 the Holmes House will be open for tours on Saturdays from 12-4PM. The Holmes House will be colsed for tours on August 14 on the date of the Yard Sale.



The Rose Farm is located 536 Holmes Lane, at the corner of Holmes Lane & Rilance Lane in Oregon City. To reach Holmes Lane, travel north approximately seven blocks from Warner Milne Rd. on either Molalla or Linn Ave.


For scheduled tours and Special Openings or for further information, please email



     William and Louisa Holmes were pioneers who joined the ‘great migration‘ in 1843. More than 900 souls traveled the trail west that year. The Holmes family settled on a 640-acre land claim at the south edge of Oregon City. They lived in a log cabin with a view of Mt. Hood (42 miles east). Water came from a nearby spring, probably the source of Singer Creek, which empties into the Willamette River after cascading down the bluff near Main Street in Oregon City.


     Their home, completed in 1847, is the oldest American home in Oregon City and was the scene of early government meetings and many social events. The first territorial governor, Joseph Lane, gave his 1849 inaugural address from the balcony of the Rose Farm, and the celebrants gathered on the lawn below.


      The claim was nicknamed the ‘Rose Farm’ by friends and neighbors because of the many roses Louisa planted in the garden.





      13-14: Annual Yard Sale - Rescheduled due to the expected hot weather expected this weekend.


      28: Annual Yard Sale - 536 Holmes Lane (Fundraiser) ALL DAY


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713 Center Street Oregon City, OR  97045 USA

P.O. Box 3261 Oregon City, OR 97045