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June 28, 2012
Read Jim Lough's story about his visit to Fort Rock.

Fort Rock Valley Historical Society receives a grant from the  John R. Gatewood and Mary Z. Gatewood Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation

The Fort Rock Valley Historical Society is the recipient of a $5,577 grant from the John R. Gatewood and Mary Z. Gatewood Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to fund a part-time host for the Homestead Museum, to expand hours. "This grant," said Jack Swisher, president of the FRVHS board, "allows us to be open more often. We've been able to hire three part-time employees, who will greet museum visitors 6 or 7 days a week. And if weather cooperates, these folks will keep the Homestead Museum open into October." Contact the museum at 541.576.2251  More information is at or  

The mission of Fort Rock Valley Historical Society is to perpetuate the memory of the pioneer homesteaders and all others contributing to the discovery, settlement, and development of the area known as the Fort Rock Valley; to research all significant events, places, and persons of the homestead era in the Fort Rock Valley and to publish the results of such research in book form; to preserve old buildings of historical value; and to tell the continuing story of the Fort Rock Valley as interest can be developed.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through the funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.

The Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. Application materials are available through the foundation's Portland office. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund may contact the Medford office at 818 W. Eighth Street, Medford, OR 97501, 541.773.8987 or visit  

Welcome Sign
Fort Rock got a nice new entry sign by the museum last month. Molly and Jeanelle planted high-desert flowers and shrubs to further enhance it. Ford Family Foundation was funding source and Christmas Valley Chamber of Commerce helped along with volunteers from the community to place these signs in Silver Lake, Christmas Valley, and Fort Rock over the past year or so.
September 2011

Our Business Members provide goods and services that can enhance your visit to Fort Rock

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Hiking and Snowshoeing
Daytrips and Overnights

Geared toward those age 50 and older, travel easy and intermediate trails with a trained naturalist. For more information visit them at

Outback Treks
Guided Day Trips and Overnights in Eastern Oregon for Nature, History and Geology.
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If you go to the Oregon outback by yourself, you will see rocks & sagebrush…
but if you go with Outback Treks,  you will learn about the magic!

Though most of the Fort Rock homesteaders did not make it financially, they left stories of fond memories of the community they forged out of this land.   For most, their optimism and positive spirit was rewarded as they moved on to take advantage of the bounty the Northwest had to offer during that period.  

With wide open vistas, clear air and starlit nights, the high desert of Oregon was an intoxicating place...and it still is!

Preserving the PastFort Rock Village

On February 15, 1984, the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society was formed by eight people interested in preserving the history of the homestead era, which peaked in 1912.

In 1988 the Historical Society opened the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum which preserves and protects homestead-era structures by moving them from their original locations to the museum site just west of the town of Fort Rock.

Volunteers from the community, Lake County Road Department and Midstate Electric Co-operative move the buildings, then local society members restore them, including authentic period furnishing.


Museum Hours

May 1st
October 15th

Friday - Sunday
10 AM - 4 PM

Adults -- $4
Youths 6 to 17-- $2
Kids 5 and under are free

(Museum may be open other weekdays, if volunteers are available. Call)

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The Museum is closed for the winter.

We will reopen next May.

Please check back for our opening date.

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As part of the Fort Rock Homesteaders event, photographer Rich Bergeman will present his unique collection of photos in a projected format on Saturday, September 7th at 8:30pm at the Fort Rock Grange Hall.
The audience is invited to offer their own insights and reminiscence of the scenes depicted. It promises to be a fun and interesting presentation of local history.

Last year, Mr. Bergeman explored the Fort Rock Basin for remnants of the homestead era. He will share what he found of vanished town sites, homestead buildings and area landmarks at this event.

This event is free of charge. All are welcome

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Join the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society

All memberships include:

  • Free museum admission for a year
  • The Museum newsletter mailed or emailed several times a year
  • 10% discount off gift shop purchases
  • Right to vote at the Annual Membership Meeting
  • Right to run for a position on the board of directors

    In addition, the Business memberships receive

    • Free ad space in the newsletter for a year
    • Room on our rack card display for their brochures
    • An extra "good word" from our staff and volunteers to all visitors about the Business member's services.

    Life memberships includes all the benefits above plus special recognition in the newsletter and in our membership list.

    Click here for our Membership Form


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