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Willamette Heritage Center

1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301-6398
+1 503-585-7012
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Terrific history and wool processing display

Thoroughly enjoyed this indoor/outdoor museum. Most of the original 1800-1900 equipment is still in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
LW26102
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Mesa, Arizona
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Thomas K Woolen Mill

My grandfather worked here as the millwright and night watchman circa the 1930s to the 1960s. I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
mistyschulz
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Woodburn, Oregon
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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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“old mill” (7 reviews)
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1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301-6398
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this indoor/outdoor museum. Most of the original 1800-1900 equipment is still in place. Although the mill first produced wood and grain, it became primarily a wool processing mill. I learned an incredible amount. There are so many steps in the process from sheep...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My grandfather worked here as the millwright and night watchman circa the 1930s to the 1960s. I love to tour around the mill, grounds, and also to the church that was moved here which my grandmother attended as a young girl. My grandfather caught salmon...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

Such a nice educational asset in the community. Children can see what a working mill was like, with all the machines and production facilities in place. The shops are fun to visit, as are the boutique offerings. Food is good, but not cheap. The outbuildings...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Enjoyed this on a free day in April. We had already eaten but the bistro looked really good with a lot of vegan menu items. The visitor center is attached to a mini mall area with a lot of different vendors and art items. Parking...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

I was fortunate to be in Salem for the quarterly 'Art After Dark' studio tour. The building's 2nd floor houses many artists' studios, which were open for exploration. After climbing a steep set of stairs, we enjoyed a wide array of art (prints, paintings, drawings,...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

The Willamette Heritage Center has been designated an American Treasure by the National Parks Service. It sits on a pastoral and rustic five-acre site and is home to 14 structures, several of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features a...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

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.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

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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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 2 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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$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
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