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“Fabulous experience”

Willamette Heritage Center
Ranked #12 of 81 things to do in Salem
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 October 2012

Fabulous time was had by all. Early out buildings of importance to Salem. A mill which had been used until the 1960's and parts still there. Beautiful grounds, fun shopping experience and a quaint cafe with good food.

Thank jsterup
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

This is a very interseting place to visit. The grounds are lovely and there are many out buildings with great history attached to them. The actual mill is fascinating. I really learned from this visit.

Thank Gary D
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

This is early Salem history. A favorite place for school field trips. Wonderful to see during the holiday season.

Thank Alan and Sherry B
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Reviewed 14 July 2012 via mobile

You are given a key to access buildings, but a docent in period costume was provided for us. While knowledgeable and interesting, she was slow and we may have still been there, had we not requested the opportunity to see a demonstration by the weavers, which required us leaving her! As is usually the case, the docent can make or break the experience. We were fortunate to find another gentleman who gave us an informative tour of the mill and description of the process, including a live demo of the weaving machines, which was extremely interesting. The mission house, which we accessed with our key, was the least interesting part, consisting of an amazing amount of material to read covering walls from floor to ceiling.....daunting! There is a fairly extensive gift shop and antiques, as well as a cafe. I would definitely recommend a visit.

Thank Carol S
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

The history of the period of the mill is more interesting than the display of the machinery that it contained within it.

Thank levado656
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