Authentic history and camp cooking combine for the perfect day to visit the Philip Foster Farm. Come for a taste, or sign up to demonstrate your cooking skills. Guests can sample and learn from cooks. While you’re here, visit our Rose Ramble, featuring rose bushes collected from local homesteads.
Admission to the Philip Foster Farm is $5.00 for individuals or $20.00 per family. Call 503-637-6324 or email [email protected] for more information.
THE LUCY HOUSE DEBUT
2-3pm – Home Tour, Silent Auction & Reception Hour
3pm – The Lucy House Presentation
4pm – Silent Auction Winners Announced
Lucy and Josiah Burnett built their home in 1860 adjacent to the property of Philip Foster, Lucy’s father. The Burnetts owned the house until 1880 and raised 5 children there. Over the years, the house changed hands and shape several times. The house was placed on Restore Oregon’s 2011 list of the “10 Most Endangered Structures.” In 2016 JZH voted to save the house by stripping it of all its non-original additions, moving the home across the highway to the Philip Foster Farm Historic Site and restoring it to its original 1860’s condition. The move is complete, and the restoration project has begun.
Please join us in our efforts to save this treasured piece of pioneer history!
Please make your tax deductible donation to the Lucy House Restoration Project below:
It’s spring, and the Philip Foster Farm is gearing up for an amazing season!
Sign up today to volunteer, or become a member.
Here’s a quick list of the exciting events on our horizon:
April 10th Annual Meeting, including a presentation on the Willamette Falls Heritage Area from 7pm – 8pm at the Estacada Library. Hear about the exciting new developments at the Farm site with the addition of the Lucy House. We’ll also be joined by Siobahn Taylor, Executive Director and Alice Norris of the Willamette Falls Heritage Area who have a presentation about the status of the heritage area and our connection to it.
May 6th – Farm opens on Saturdays. Come get a whiff of the lilac and look around.
May 20th 2:00-5:00 p.m. Lucy House Debut. Fundraising event. Stay tuned for details.
June 17th – Opening Day.
June 26th – Summer camp begins for ages 7-12.
The Philip Foster Farm hasn’t moved, but our new physical address makes us easier to find at 22725 SE Eagle Creek Road, Eagle Creek, OR 97022. Our mailing address is still PO Box 1040, Estacada, OR 97023. Our phone is still 503-637-6324. Thanks for updating your records!
Since our parking lot moved, Google has struggled to locate us, torn between our address on Highway 211 and our entrance on Eagle Creek Road. At last this problem has been resolved! Watch for changes to our website, brochures, etc.
The Philip Foster Farm closes down for the winter, but we’re still busy! Keep reading for updates on building projects, archives, and school activities.
Lucy House – Lucy Foster Burnett’s great-grandson, Tom, continues to renovate her house, recently moved across the street to join our historic site. So many discoveries are being made! Where were the chimneys? What was the wallpaper? What color was the paint? As the house is taken back to its original form, we are finding lots of “easter eggs” hidden in its walls and closets. The house will be re-sided and shored up for visitors, to support authentic living history in this restored 1860 home.
Archives and Collections – Staff and volunteers are sorting, cataloging, and storing artifacts and documents. One day we hope to have a searchable collection online, so anyone researching Oregon Trail emigrants can find the traces they left behind, and come visit us to follow in their footsteps.
Trails Across Time – Students come down occasionally to work at the Farm, but will spend most of the winter in their Eagle Creek classroom. This year 1 middle and high school scholars are studying the Civil War, Current Events, and Oregon History. Contact teacher Elaine Butler at [email protected] if you’d wish to join them in some Oregon History field trips.
Help Wanted – We are in need of a janitorial service that can work seasonally and accommodate our strange hours in 2017. If interested, please contact [email protected] with your resume and references.
Saturday, October 15th, we will be closing early, so as not to endanger guests, staff, or volunteers. Whether you are cozying up to a toasty fire or helping a neighbor, this day will be historic enough without us! Please do come visit when the storm is over.
In general, if the Estacada School District is closed or delayed, we will close the Farm for safety reasons. If ESD or your school district is closed for weather, we will reschedule or refund your tour. Check school closures here. Weekend events will be closed if weather conditions make driving hazardous in our region. Such closures will be posted here.
We have heard many tales of ancestors trapped in the mountains, rescued by Philip Foster from inclement weather, hunger, and poor planning. In honor of those brave pioneers, we recommend reading a good book by candlelight, or writing in your journal for posterity.
Some suggested reading for kids:
A Child’s Garden of Verses
Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
My Side of the Mountain by Jean George
Always on the last Saturday of September, our annual Cider Squeeze is loads of fun for the whole family. Bring your own apples, or squeeze ours for the freshest cider anywhere! The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and wraps up at 4:00. To reduce waiting times for everyone, we limit squeezing to 2 gallons per family on Saturday, but invite you to come back on Sunday for our bulk squeeze.
What’s the difference between Saturday and Sunday? Saturday will be our full event, with buildings and activities available, vendors, food, and music. Admission is $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family. Buy a gallon of (pasteurized) cider or make your own fresh stuff for the same price ($7.00). Bring your own apples and jugs for a discount.
Sunday is set aside for serious apple-squeezers. No admission is charged. Just pay by the gallon for the cider you squeeze. We’ll be open from 2:00 to 6:00.
Wouldn’t it be nice if pioneer houses and barns were air conditioned? Yes, yes, it would. But they aren’t, so for the safety of our guests and staff, we will be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
We had a wonderful event planned for Saturday, and many people planning to come share local history, genealogy, and family research information. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to provide a safe location for this event, so we are canceling for this year. Please plan to come to our Family History Day in 2017, and KEEP COOL!
And do watch for the Lucy House to move across the street this Sunday morning.
Even the buildings are moving at the Foster Farm this month! Come join us for active history throughout the month.
August 2nd and 9th will be one-day living history camps for ages 7-12. Kids can come 9-3:00 to engage in pioneer crafts, games and activities. Cost is $30.00 per day. Please preregister. (2016CampRegB)
August 20th will be our Family History Day, when local organizations send their finest minds to help you root out your family’s personal story. The Farm opens up at 11:00, and the event begins at 1:00. We’ll have free ice cream and fun for everyone!
Just a couple of days later, the Lucy House will be moving! It’s going to join the rest of the Farm buildings on our 5-acre site. If you see it heading across the street, please be patient. It will eventually open up to the public and extend our capacity to host field trips and meetings. We are soooo excited!
Philip Foster’s patient wife, Mary Charlotte, may (or may not) have been literate, but she put up with a lot in her lifetime. Traveling with her husband, brother Francis Pettygrove, and 4 children around the Horn was just the beginning of her courageous life as an Oregon Pioneer.
We celebrate her and the many women like her who made Oregon home despite danger, grief, disease, and loss. Come enjoy a Victorian fashion show, live music, tasty treats and a trip through our historic Rose Ramble. Fun for all ages!
Farm is open from 11:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, July 16th, and the party starts at 1:00.