Celebrating Teacher of the Year 2017-18

TAT Students working at the Foster Farm

Trails Across Time at the Foster Farm

Thanks to our unique educational program, Trails Across Time teacher Elaine Butler was named the Middle School Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year for the Oregon Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW dinner in Newport on January 20th awarded the honor to Elementary, Middle School, and High School teachers, and provided students with cash awards for patriotic speeches on the theme of Hope in US History.

Middle and high school students in Trails Across Time help to manage and give tours at the Philip Foster Farm, study and learn together two days each week, and participate in classes and enrichment activities through Summit Learning Charter. Whether they come from homeschooling, private, or public schools, they form a “one-room schoolhouse” learning community where they can work, learn, and serve together as they develop academic skills, public speaking, community service, and work ethics in a positive, pro-family environment. Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will open in April, and the class is limited to 20 students each year, although many participate for two or more years.

Mrs. Butler also directs Orchestracada, a community-based teaching orchestra for all ages and levels of musicians.



Haunted Farm 10/28 6:00 p.m.

Not your typical haunted house! You’ll meet real people who lived (and died) here in Eagle Creek at the end of the Oregon Trail. This family-friendly event introduces all ages to the realities of life in pioneer Oregon. Along the way, you’ll meet small children, grieving mothers, brave young teens, and a criminal or two. Each has a story to share about their experience with life (and death) here at the end of the Barlow Road.

This event is from 6-8:00 p.m., only on Saturday, October 28th. We’ve packed a lot of history into this brief window.

Admission $5.00 per person, $20.00 per family. Free to JZH members (join now for free admission through 2018 to this and other Clackamas County historic sites).

Cider Squeeze September 16, 2017

Our annual Cider Squeeze is moving to the third Saturday of September this year. Great fun for the whole family!

Got an apple tree and don’t know what kind? Bring in a sample and the apple experts from the Home Orchard Society will help you identify it!

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.

Family History Day 8/19/17 1-4:00 p.m.

Combine local historians, researchers, and ice cream sundaes with eager learners on a beautiful historic site, and you get the Family History Day at the Philip Foster Farm on the Oregon Trail. Here in beautiful Eagle Creek, Oregon, we bring together the tools to discover your family’s past. Where did they settle? What route did they take to get here? Whether your pioneer ancestors stopped here, or came later by plane, train, or automobile, we can help you track them down and discover more of your unique story.

Quilts Galore at Garden Party July 15th, 1-4:00 p.m.

Our 2017 Garden Party will feature nearly 100 quilts, mostly hand-sewn vintage tops, lovingly quilted by local artisan/teacher Mary Cooper. Her collection is joined by that of local gardener and art-lover, Jan Alderman. Many will remember these two from their days as art specialist and librarian of the Eagle Creek School, but few have seen their quilt collections.

Admission to the garden party is $5.00 per person, or $20.00 per family. Want to adopt one of these beautiful quilts? Your donation to the Philip Foster Farm at this event can earn you a free quilt! Party starts at 1:00, and is hosted by young ladies from our Finishing School Camp. Come see Victorian fashions, enjoy a tasty treat, play some lawn games, and feast your eyes on the handiwork of dozens of hard-working women.

Cooking with Fire! June 17, 2017

DSC_0011Authentic 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 jennifer@philipfosterfarm.com for more information.

Lucy House Debut May 20, 2017


Lucy Foster Burnett


              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: