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