McLoughlin House to reopen for season
On Friday, Feb. 15, the McLoughlin House in Oregon City will reopen after its winter closure.
A unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the 1846 house will be open Fridays and Saturdays through the end of November. One of Oregon's oldest houses was built for "Father of Oregon" Dr. John McLoughlin to live out his retirement as Fort Vancouver's chief factor. He served as Oregon City mayor, owned sawmills and a general store, and donated land for local schools and churches.
Today, the house is restored and furnished to appear as it did while the McLoughlins were in residence. National Park Service rangers and volunteers are looking forward to sharing the fascinating story of the early days of Oregon City and the importance of the McLoughlin family to the history of the Pacific Northwest.
"The McLoughlin House is a treasured historic resource of the Pacific Northwest," said Bob Cromwell, chief historical interpreter for the house. "It is one of the oldest historic structures in the state of Oregon, a shining example of early-20th century historic preservation efforts from a local nonprofit, and the oldest National Historic Site west of the Mississippi River. We welcome visitors to experience the site directly this spring."
What: Reopening of the McLoughlin House
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and subsequent Fridays and Saturdays until December. Docent-led tours will take place at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Where: The McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 713 Center St., Oregon City