McLoughlin Memorial Association

The William L. Holmes House

(1847 Rose Farm)


Holmes House Museum at the Rose Farm

536 Holmes Lane

Oregon City, OR 97045

P.O. Box 3261 Oregon City, OR 97045


The Rose Farm will open for the summer season on May 16, 2019!


Hours: Fridays and Saturdays,

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., through September 14, 2019.




$5.00 for Adults

$4.00 for Seniors

$3.00 for Youths (age 6-17)

Children 5 & under free


 Due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19, the seasonal opening of the Holmes House has been delayed. The historic Barclay House is temporarily closed, effective March 17, 2020. All events scheduled at the Barclay and Holmes houses are cancelled through May 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please continue to check our website for updates.



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.


For scheduled tours and Special Openings or for further information, please email



     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.





      19-20: Oregon City Heritage Days - Displaying the artwork of Jack Barbur - open house.

      20: Celebrating the Oregon Trail with display piece from Curtis Wagons.



      3-4: House Closed for 4th of July Holiday.

      11: First City Festival - Downtown Oregon City

      17-18: Honoring Clackamas County's First Responders.

      25: Quarterly meeting - Rose Farm - 10am.



      8: House Closed - Annual Plunder Sale - 415 Jefferson (Fundraiser) all day.

      13: Dine-out fundraiser at Mike's Drive-in OC ALL DAY.

      21-22: Presentation highlighting Oregon gaining territorial status and the historic event at the Holmes house at the Rose Farm.

      28-29: Period Doll Display by Champ and Maria Vaughan highlighting rare dolls from their private collection.



      11-12: Presentation focusing on the women's suffrage movement in Oregon City.

      13-14: Holmes House Museum at the Rose Farm open for Oregon City's Neighborhood Associations. Holmes House at the Rose Farm closed for the season after Sept 14th except for two special events (see below).



      16-17: Open House for the Oregon City Museums Quilt Show - Abernethy Grange, 15745 Harley Ave., Oregon City, OR (Fundraiser).



      5: Heritage Holidays - Open House.


      Visit our Rose Farm Museum Facebook page! Come and see us, and enjoy Victorian Hints & Tips, Mystery Photos, and more!







The McLoughlin Memorial Association © 2014

713 Center Street Oregon City, OR  97045 USA

P.O. Box 3261 Oregon City, OR 97045