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!
Please call 503-656-5146 for information or to schedule a group tour.
Hours: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., June - September, 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.