Covered Wagon at Philip Foster Farm

Philip Foster, one of Oregon’s earliest pioneers, was a leader in the establishment of Oregon. His farm and home in Eagle Creek played an important part in the history of the Barlow Road, which followed the south side of Mt. Hood as an alternative to the treacherous Columbia River route.  Foster helped fund, build and operate the Barlow Road at various times between 1848 and 1865, guiding thousands of covered wagons into the Willamette Valley.

Award-winning Class Finishing Fifth Year

It was no joke when our Trails Across Time Living History Immersion Program teacher Elaine Butler traveled to Salem on April 1st. The occasion was the Willamette Heritage Center’s annual Heritage Awards Banquet. The Education award had four deserving nominees, but the Philip Foster Farm’s “schoolmarm” was its winner. The award recognizes programs, projects and […]

“Lucy House” Moving East

JZH is moving the Lucy House this summer! Philip’s daughter Lucy and her husband, Josiah Burnett, built their home in Eagle Creek in 1860. After 156 years, it will finally be accessible to the public.  Learn More. Wanna help? Email jennifer@philipfosterfarm.com.

Closed, But Not Standing Still!

October 31st was the end of our fall season, but there is still lots of exciting activity to report: 1) New Programming Director Jennifer Goldman is on board, and working to connect the Farm with county, state, and local resources and organizations. 2) Plans are progressing for the move of the Lucy House  across Highway […]