Champoeg State Heritage Area to devote an afternoon to demonstrating 1800s skilled trades

For those who have wondered just how Oregon pioneers managed to produce all of the tools needed to run a farm and community before 20th century manufacturing technology, Champoeg State Heritage Area may just have the answers this weekend.

The state park and Friends of Historic Champoeg will host "19th Century Skills and Trades Day" Saturday afternoon, with live demonstrations of how tradesmen went about their work in the 1800s, according to an announcement.

In particular, the event will showcase how blacksmiths produced tools with just a hammer and anvil, how carpenters made a block of wood into a kitchen utensil or a piece of furniture, and how wheelwrights went about making and repairing wooden wheels.

Slated to run from 1 to 4 p.m., organizers will kick off the event with an interactive, barn raising demonstration — what historically was a social gathering for a whole community — with a one-quarter-scale replica of the Manson Barn, according to the announcement.

The event will take place at the Manson Farmstead just behind the park's visitor center, 8239 Champoeg Road N.E.

While admission to the event is free, parking is $5 without a state parks pass. More information is available at

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