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William L. Holmes House at Rose Farm

Holmes Lane at Rilance Street  Oregon City, Oregon  97045   U.S.A.

William Holmes House (1847 Rose Farm)

William and Louisa Holmes were pioneers who joined the ‘great migration‘ in 1843. More than 900 souls traveled the trail west that year. The Holmes family settled on a 640-acre land claim at the south edge of Oregon City. They lived in a log cabin with a view of Mt. Hood (42 miles east). Water came from a nearby spring, probably the source of Singer Creek, which empties into the Willamette River after cascading down the bluff near Main Street in Oregon City.

Their home, completed in 1847, is the oldest American home in Oregon City and was the scene of early government meetings and many social events. The first territorial governor, Joseph Lane, gave his 1849 inaugural address from the balcony of the Rose Farm, and the celebrants gathered on the lawn below.

The claim was nicknamed the ‘Rose Farm’ by friends and neighbors because of the many roses Louisa planted in the garden.

We now have a Rose Farm Museum Facebook page! Come and see us, and enjoy Victorian Hints & Tips, Mystery Photos, and more!

Rose Farm Photo

The William L. Holmes House at Rose Farm is open for the summer season On Fridays and Saturdays

Please call 503-656-5146 for information or to schedule a group tour.

Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., May 30 - September 13, 2014.



The Rose Farm is located 536 Holmes Lane, at the corner of Holmes Lane & Rilance Lane in Oregon City. To reach Holmes Lane, travel north approximately seven blocks from Warner Milne Rd. on either Molalla or Linn Ave.

To schedule group tours or for further information, please call (503) 656-5146.

Featured Artist Exhibit at the Holmes House

Oregon City artist, Holly Swogger, is the featured artist for month of July. Her lush watercolor paintings depict images of Oregon City.

July's Events at the Holmes House!

  • July 5: Celebrate America's Birthday! Flag raising and refreshments.

  • July 19: First Oregon Voluntary Infantry Civilian Branch Living History Event.

  • July 26: Fundraiser at the Gladstone Burgerville, 4-7. 19119 SE McLoughlin Blvd. at Glenn Echo Road.

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