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

mcloughlinmemorial@gmail.com


Directions:

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 McLoughlinMemorial@gmail.com.



     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.



2024 Holmes House Events


 Open Houses: Saturdays 12 Noon to 4 pm - Admission is free & donations are accepted.



March

    9 - Holmes House and the beginning of the Oregon Territory.


April

    13 - The language of flowers and flower seed givaway.


May - National Historic Preservation month.

    4 - Mat the force of history be with you.


June

    15 - Rose walk & talk featuring members of the Rose Society of Portland.

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The McLoughlin Memorial Association © 2014

713 Center Street Oregon City, OR  97045 USA

P.O. Box 3261 Oregon City, OR 97045

 McLoughlinMemorial@gmail.com