McLoughlin Memorial Association
The William L. Holmes House at
the Rose Farm, 1847
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.
We now have a Rose Farm Museum Facebook page! Come and see us, and enjoy Victorian Hints & Tips, Mystery Photos, and more!
February 11- Oregon's 158th birthday- open house & refreshments
May 19- Holmes House opens for the season
May 20- William L. Holmes birth
National Historic Preservation Month- This Place Matters
May 28- Victorian Craft demo- The Language of Flowers- 1:00- 3:30 pm -free
June 2016- Founders Month-Exhibit
The Preservation Legacy of Ruth McBride Powers, who saved the Holmes House
(she saved the Holmes House and many other historic structures in Oregon)
July 2- Celebrating America's 240th birthday- refreshments will be served
August 6- ARTS ON THE LAWN- Plein Art event local artists painting on the grounds of the Holmes
House and crafts sale
September 2016- Exhibit on Willamette Falls
September 9 & 10- Closing weekend: Open House for Oregon City Neighborhood Association
October 15– Open for the Spirits of Oregon City Event
November 4- 7th Annual Dr. McLoughlin's Soiree
December 3- Heritage Holiday Open House- 12 noon to 3 pm.
The William L. Holmes House is currently closed until May 27th. However, if you are interested in a tour
Please contact one of our volunteer docents:
Wendell- 503-655-0311 or Denyse- 503-656-3912
And we will do our best to arrange a time for you to see the house.
šHope to see you soon.
Please call 503-656-5146 for information or to schedule a group tour.
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays,
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., May 19 - September 17, 2017.
$4.00 for Adults
$3.00 for Seniors
$3.00 for Youths (age 6-17)
Children 6 & under free
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.
To schedule group tours or for further information, please call (503) 656-5146 (Friday/Saturday).
The McLoughlin Memorial Association © 2014
713 Center Street Oregon City, OR 97045 USA