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
1954-1989


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

Open
April 15th toOctober 31st
Thursday - Monday
10 AM - 4 PM

Please call for tours
541-576-2251

 

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday


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

Phone:
541-576-2251 or 541-576-2468

Email us at:
FRMuseum@centurylink.net