Pioneer Pit Stop

Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Creek, Oregon was the last stop along the Oregon Trail for weary travelers to rest before continuing on to Oregon City. This year the farm is opening The Lucy House, which Philip Foster built for his daughter.
Lucy and her husband Josiah enjoyed a home with a parlor, kitchen, and a bedroom on the first floor. The second floor contained two additional rooms; another bedroom and what historians believe Lucy used as her sewing room. The house also has a front and back porch. 

It took three years of restoration to bring the house back to its historical roots, and the loyal volunteers of the farm are still working on it. The first-floor bedroom still has a few things planned, so next year the house will be complete.

The house, originally located across the road, has had various homeowners over the years who of course added a bathroom and laundry room. These were removed to bring back the house’s historical authenticity. I had fun visiting the Lucy house this weekend and seeing what had been done with the place. Of course, it’s fun visiting the farm anyway!

This weekend was also made special by cooking demonstrations of pioneer food — biscuits and cookies mostly — along with the blacksmith demonstrating his wares and the function of the black smith’s shop. The Oregon Trail folks were there with maps and books on the subject along with various vendors and a little music tossed in. Kids loved trying out the two-man saws in the sawmill portion of the huge barn that sits on the property. There are covered wagons and various other conveyances to see. There are gardens, a general store and of course, Philip Foster’s own home. A two-story farmhouse that never ceases to amaze me. Here are a few pictures …

 

 

Philip Foster’s house.                              Hey, the biscuits are done!

 

 

Working at the dry sink.                    Pioneer biscuits.

 

 

                      Philip Foster’s dining room and parlor.

 

Churned butter and cornbread muffins!   Volunteers working in the General Store.

 

Longtime volunteer and Philip Foster Farm participant Elaine Butler (pictured above) invited me to do a book signing at the farm’s Garden Days held the third Saturday in July. Of course I said yes! When you write about pioneers and get invited to be surrounded by them for a day signing books, well, that’s my cup of tea!

The farm also hosts a week-long summer camp for boys and girls ages 7-12, and a girl’s camp, also for ages 7-12. During these camps, children get to learn pioneer skills, stories, songs, dances and work with experienced crafters. What a great way to get to experience pioneer life! 

For more information on the Philip Foster Farm, check out their website here.

I’ll let you know how the garden party goes! Until next time …

Kit

 

 

Kit Morgan
Kit Morgan is the author of over 80 books of historical and contemporary western romance! Her stories are fun, sweet stories full of love, laughter, and just a little bit of mayhem! Kit creates her stories in her little log cabin in the woods in the Pacific Northwest. An avid reader and knitter, when not writing, she can be found with either a book or a pair of knitting needles in her hands! Oh, and the occasional smidge of chocolate!
Updated: June 17, 2019 — 1:20 pm

22 Comments

  1. Kit- What an amazing home. Thanks for sharing. I love antiques, especially the primitive ones. What a great restoration.
    Have a great week, Kit. Happy Early 4th of July!

    1. Happy early 4th of July to you too, Tonya! Glad you enjoyed learning about Philip Foster’s farm.

  2. This is a pretty nice home. I would love to visit it if I ever make it to Oregon.

    1. Yes, Mr. Foster’s house is very cozy! I can’t wait until they’re finally done with Lucy’s house!

  3. I love living history museums like the Philip Foster Farm! It’s the closest we get to a time machine, and I love the chance to step back in time. What a wonderful place, Kit! I love the biscuits and fresh churned butter. I hope you got to sample them! Thank you for sharing the photos and be sure to let us know how things go in July. 🙂

    1. The churned butter was amazing. Good thing as the biscuits, I have to say, were a little dry. But that’s how they came out back then I guess.

  4. Welcome Kit. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. Would love to go visit.

    1. You’re welcome. I just sent the blog link to Elaine Butler, the long-time volunteer at the farm. She might come by and comment!

  5. I like visiting historical places like that.

    1. Me too! There are so many I’d like to see!

  6. Always fun to see how place would of looked back then.

  7. I know. There’s a place in the midwest called Pioneer Village I’d like to see.

  8. I live in Oregon and how did I not know this???? I’m going to have to check this out! Fantastic! Thanks for brining it to my attention! I love anything historical!

    1. You definitely need to go!

  9. I’d love to visit one day!

    1. It’s a fun place, Caryl! They also have a cider squeeze in the fall!

  10. Thank you for sharing, lovely pictures and looks like a good historic place to visit.

    1. It is! I absolutely love going there!

  11. Sounds like a wonderful stop. We love going to places like this and stop as often as we can. Too bad Oregon isn’t on our route for this summer’s trip.

    1. Oh bummer! This is a great place to visit!

  12. I will have to mention this to my daughter who lives in Washougal,Wa. We love historical places like this and I had not heard of the Philip Foster Farm. The Oregon Trail re-enactors have come to our fair several years and were well liked. They give you a sense of what it must have been like to reach the end of the trail with winter coming on and no house, supplies nearly gone, and travel weary from a three month or more hard journey.

  13. Definitely. Washougal isn’t that far away. Maybe a little over an hour depending on traffic.

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