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 Rose Farm will open for the summer season on May 18, 2018!


Hours: Fridays and Saturdays,

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., through September 15, 2018.




$5.00 for Adults

$4.00 for Seniors

$3.00 for Youths (age 6-17)

Children 5 & 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.


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.






      National Historic Preservation Month Exhibit "The Preservation Legacy of Ruth McBride Powers".

      18: Holmes House re-opens.

      19: Celebration of Holmes Family Events-William Holmes Birthday and Holmes' Anniversary-Holmes family leaves for Oregon - May 23, 1843. Presentations highlighting the journey over the Oregon Trail.



      22 & 23: Oregon City Heritage Days - Celebrating William L. Holmes, Oregon's first Territorial Sheriff - Honoring Clackamas County's First responders.



      7: Celebrating the United States 242nd Birthday - Period Firearms Display.

      14: First City Festival -- Downtown Oregon City*

      21: Family Atrs and Crafts on the Lawn - Featuring works from local artist Jack Barbers "Portraits of Preserverance".



      4: First Oregon Volunteer Civilian Branch Event

      11: House Closed - Plunder sale benefitting the McLoughlin Memorial Association - All day at 415 Jefferson St. Oregon City.First Oregon Volunteer Civilian Branch Event

      15: Commemoration of the wagons arrival in Oregon City at the "End of the Trail Interpretive Center".



      13: MMA Fundraiser at Mike's Drive-in Oregon City - All day - must use coupons sent by email or pick up at Barclay House. Call for more information.

      15 & 16: Holmes House Museum at the Rose Farm open for Oregon City's Neighborhood Associations. The Holmes House Museum at the Rose farm officially closes this weekend.



      2: Dr. McLoughlin's Soiree / Fundraiser.



      1: Heritage Holiday Open House -- Celebrating the Holmes family arrival in Oregon City*


      * House open along with events at other locations - try to see both


      We now have a Rose Farm Museum Facebook page! Come and see us, and enjoy Victorian Hints & Tips, Mystery Photos, and more!







The McLoughlin Memorial Association © 2014

713 Center Street Oregon City, OR  97045 USA

P.O. Box 3261 Oregon City, OR 97045