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.

Join us today!


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.


Same location, New address


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. store front

Behind the Scenes

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 ebutler@summitLC.org 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 jennifer@philipfosterfarm.com with your resume and references.


Storm Closures

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

2016 Cider Squeeze

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.

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 other endeavors that have provided high quality history-focused educational opportunities to area residents for any age group or a wide range of age groups.

Other nominees were Tammy Wild of the Keizer Heritage Center, Phyllis Quanbeck of the Children’s Educational Theatre, and the Yamhill County Historical Society & Museum

The award was presented by WHC’s education coordinator, Kathleen Schulte. Although it is unusual for a winner to be located so far away from Salem, Trails Across Time (TAT) attracts students from the Salem area, who consider the trip worthwhile for the unique program offered.

Trails Across Time middle and high school students work together each year in an accredited school program that gives them both academic skills and real-world experience in public speaking, customer service, and non-profit management. The program is a collaborative venture between the Philip Foster Farm and Summit Learning Charter, which provides online and in-person classes for K-12 students in Oregon.

Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year will open in May, and is limited.

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 211 in 2016, to join other original buildings on the Philip Foster Farm.

3) Trails Across Time students will teach square-dancing classes at Summit Learning Charter on Thursday, November 12th, and at Winterhaven Charter School in Portland on November 19th, along with some Oregon Trail history.

4) Interested in historic saw mills? One of Estacada’s private mills will be moving to the Farm soon. Contact the Farm at jzhhistsoc@rconnects.com if you’d like to help us bring this piece of lumber history to life.

5) JZH board member Gerri Morse passed away on October 24th. She was responsible for adding cookies and donuts to many school tours, creation of volunteer costumes, writing two children’s books about the Farm, and the development of the Historic Rose Ramble.  PigThatAsked small coverHer memorial service can be viewed at https://youtu.be/F2JRnYicc0Y

Annual Meeting July 13, 2015

Our annual meeting will be held July 13th, 2015, at the Estacada Public Library. Arrive early to view our exhibit in the library, including photos and artifacts of Estacada’s founding families. Meeting begins at 7:00 in the Flora Room. We’ll be sharing exciting news about changes in our facilities, and looking for your feedback.