All through the nineteenth century, persons in Europe and the eastern states and provinces of North America associated Oregon with verdure, fertility and a bountiful nature.  How persons yearned for this landscape and for the rich loams that produced these pastoral scenes!

Oh, so many learned the hard and bitter lesson that nature has not provided her bounty evenly.  Many who left a relatively pleasant life became enmeshed with desperate seasonal crises as the hard summer sun struck the anvil of the desert and the hoary blasts of winter froze dreams forever.  But some endured, some persevered.  This is their altogether remarkable homesteading story, one that we might read today with no little envy.

Thomas Vaughan
Executive Director
Oregon Historical Society

Where is Fort Rock Valley Homestead Museum?
Fort Rock is located approximately 64 miles southeast of Bend Oregon, just off highway 31.

map to Fort Rock


Museum Hours

April 15th t thru Sept. 14th
Thursday - Monday
10 AM - 4 PM

Please call for tours


Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Fort Rock Valley Historical Society
 PO Box 84 
Fort Rock, OR 97735

541-576-2251 or 541-576-2468

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