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Willamette Heritage Center

1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301-6398
+1 503-585-7012
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Oregon history

While the Mill is the focus - and there is plenty to see there - the supporting cast of buildings... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Andrew L
San Francisco, California
Mill has great history and grounds

We again went to the Christmas special lighting which includes the chance to go through historical... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Virginia R
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The Willamette Heritage Center, formerly the Mission Mill, is a National Parks-designated American Treasure. Take a trip to the past with a costumed guide-led tour through all stages of the wool production process at the restored 1889 water-powered wool mill. Located on a beautiful 5-acre campus in the heart of Salem, the Willamette Heritage Center is also home to the oldest homes in the state. The Lee House and Methodist Parsonage, both built in 1841, as well as the Boon House (1847) and Pleasant Grove Church (1858), are all available for tours. With a total of 14 historic structures, permanent and changing exhibits, a cafe, shops, art galleries, and event spaces, there's always plenty to see at the Willamette Heritage Center. The site is a paradise for history buffs, explorers, and photographers alike. Stop by Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5, to discover the history of the Mid-Willamette Valley.
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1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301-6398
+1 503-585-7012
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the Mill is the focus - and there is plenty to see there - the supporting cast of buildings and installations is just as impressive. It was a great place to learning about the origins of European life in Oregon.

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We again went to the Christmas special lighting which includes the chance to go through historical buildings on site plus the 4 story high Old Mill that ran from late 1800's through 1960. There are several shops inside along with historical plaques about the area....More

Thank Virginia R
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Salem, Oregon
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

The first time I took my sister on this tour. I was surprised to find an ancestors pictures on the walls. So much to see and weather was FANTASTIC . We did part of the tour then after lunch we went back at no extra...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

One of the fascinating local heritage sites. While the homes have been moved to this location from their original spots, they are still period furnished and kept up very well. The crafty stores are always fun - particularly the book binder. Stop there just to...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2017

After paying a modest admission tee guests are presented with materials on a self-guided tour. The recreated historic houses are interesting but the "tour" of the mill is a bit disappointing. On Wednesday of last week there was some type of social gathering slated for...More

1  Thank Daniel W F
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Thomas Kay built the present woolen mill after a fire burned down the previous one. The city's citizens came up with the money for rebuilding. Mr. Kay introduced numerous innovations and safety measures that kept his employees safe, and made the process from raw (and...More

3  Thank Lena K
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We were attending a private reception here and had the chance to take a quick tour of either the mill or the Jason Lee settlement. We chose the mill and it was amazing. Most of the original equipment is still onsite and they turn it...More

1  Thank Nancy T
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I found this place very interesting but there was a bit of information overload!! It's a self-guided tour and there are 9 or 10 houses/building to stop in, each telling stories of the local history - missionaries recruiting the Indians, the wool mill, WWII impact...More

1  Thank brs054
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Spent a lovely morning to early afternoon. Docents were very informative and friendly and it even had some teenage docents in period costumes demonstrating textile arts, crocheting, embroidery and cross stitch. Well run and clean in a nice setting

1  Thank marywright59
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This was an interesting museum of several historic buildings focusing on the early history of the Willamette Valley. Most are original to the sight, the wool textile mill. You may wander the grounds without paying, but should you wish to enter the building, which house...More

1  Thank Steve W
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$7.00 per person I think for Sen ior its around $5 or $6. I attended an event featuring Bobby Norfolk. He plays the York character from the Lewis and Clark Trail. I was very impressed with his performance. In the summer... More