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 …