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Deepwood Museum & Gardens
Ranked #13 of 81 things to do in Salem
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Owner description: Hi, thank you for changing our website, but our name has changed as well (which is the most important). Please see the change above from "Historic Deepwood Estate" to "Deepwood Museum." Thank you.
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

We didn't make it in time to walk through the historic building, the torus run from 9am to 12 noon on the hour; the gardens were quite beautiful. This would be a beautiful place to hold a wedding, if you don't mind the highway noise in the background. The gardens and nature paths could use a bit more upkeep. It seems to be maintained mostly by volunteers and they do a good job, but it could use a bit more TLC.

3  Thank Melody J
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

A free guided tour is scheduled a couple of times a week. It was great to learn about native Oregon plants. There was a plant sale in the greenhouse where you could buy native Oregon plant starts. It was also nice to walk around the property to see a few other garden areas.

Thank Carol M
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Deepwood Estate in Salem is a 120 year old home built in 1894 with both formal English gardens and wild nature areas. Tours of the home cost a fee and are open to the public at set hours. They give you a glance at how an elegant home of over 100 years ago looked, and the furniture and clothing styles.

Totally free and magnificent are the gardens there are numerous formal garden areas to explore. A wonderful greenhouse and then a wild natural area that is full of all variety of plants for children to explore. The path runs by the creek.

As a teacher, I took classes to Deepwood each spring to help identify different types of plants, flowers, and trees and to enjoy the difference between formal and natural gardens. We often came at the same time as the Bush Barn Student art show so that we could view student art on the same day.

It is a nice place to take a picnic lunch and explore a park-like setting that does not include a playground. I taught primary kids and they always enjoyed looking at the house and grounds. Peeking in the windows off the porch, and going in the greenhouse. Simple exploring. There are more walking paths and playground equipment at Bush Park right across the creek and you can get there over the bridge a block South of Deepwood or by walking over the bridge on Mission Street.

2  Thank GrannyTeach
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Deepwood Estate is a great place to go to see a beautiful old house and to stroll through English gardens. The house is large and ornate, with unusual decorative patterns. It was built in 1894 in a Queen Anne Victorian style. It has extensive gardens on four acres of property. You climb about eight steps to get to the impressive porch that surrounds the front portion of the house and leads to a sun-room which has walls of glass, large plants, and some wicker chairs. It's a great place to sit and relax. It's surrounded by tall fir and maple trees, so it's in the shade most of the day. Posts along the porch lead to a series of arches that add a unique appearance.
There is a gazebo in the yard beneath the sun-room. It's another good place to hang out in the shade of tall trees. Ferns adorn the area leading to the gazebo. Walk around the house to discover gardens at both sides of the back yard. On the southeast side of the property is a fenced garden with a variety of beautiful flowers, all in bloom today. There are quaint little benches to sit on, and a pair of swinging doors leads into the secluded garden. An English tea house is a few yards away. It's a good place to hide from world for awhile. Along the east side of the property are more gardens which lead to the carriage house. This large structure was used to house carriages. Today we might call lit a garage. It looks as if it includes living space for an employee to stay. I suppose he cared for the horses, as well. A large greenhouse sits at the south end of the property. It's filled with a variety of exotic plants, including cactus, begonias, palms, ferns, and an array of delicate tropical plants. Some plants have leaves three feet long.
Deepwood House and Estate provides a glimpse into the past, as well as an escape into the beauty of well-kept gardens.

2  Thank rolfmcewen
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

The perfect event to celebrate the holiday season. The historic home is all decorated for the holidays and the tea is lovely. The tea is hosted by a team of friendly volunteers and is well organized. The food is generous and champagne is offered as well as tea. A tour of the home follows the tea. Because it is a popular event, reservations must be made in the fall! A visit in the spring to see the gardens is a must.

2  Thank Sherry P
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