Members Pitch In for Real Fun and Real History

The Cider Squeeze at Philip Foster Farm

Life Member Sam Morse pressing cider

It isn’t easy to maintain a historic site, but our members keep us going, and make historic learning fun and affordable for thousands of visitors (mostly children) who visit us each year.

Will you pitch in to help the Philip Foster Farm? Support local preservation, excellent camp and field trip experiences, and local historians sharing their passion with folks from all around the world. Become a MEMBER today!

Meet Chris Bento!

Volunteers are the heart of the Philip Foster Farm, and Chris Bento has been volunteering for a long time. She has helped summer campers with sewing projects on her own machine. She has made hundreds (no, thousands) of cookies for tours. She has helped with events and tours for years, and made many of our period dresses for summer camp.

Two of her daughters were Trails Across Time students and became summer staff in high school.

Now, Chris has joined our staff, in charge of costumes and cookies, and leading tours this spring.

If you want to help with costumes or baking projects, you can contact her at [email protected], or leave a message at 503-637-6324.



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.

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.