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June 28, 2012
Read Jim Lough's story about his visit to Fort Rock.
President Nancy Bowers of FRVHS accepts a $1,500 check from John Effingham, board member of Lake County Community Foundation.

The Fort Rock Valley Historical Society receives 2 grants!

The FRVHS received a grant of $5,557 from the John and Jane Youell Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation in support of a part-time host position at the Homestead Museum, to expand hours of operation. This generous gift will allow the museum to be open 5 days a week from May 1 to mid-October, serving travelers who stop in Thursday thry Monday.

FRVHS also received a $1,500 grant from the Lake County Community Foundation in support of phase 1 of a 3-year construction project to build two full-hookup RV sites near the museum. These will be for member volunteers who want to stay for a week or a month and help run the museum on days we are currently closed. This grant will be added to money set aside for this purpose and previous donations to get part of the work completed this season.

We thank these organizations for their support!

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

Silver Striders Guide Service, Central Oregon 541-383-8077Silver Striders

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.
For more information visit them at
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.


"History is not what's remembered, but what remains after everything else is forgotten..."
Rich Cohen, "Pirate City" from The Paris Review. Reprinted by permission in "The Best American Travel Writing, 2013." Elizabeth Gilbert editor; Jason Wilson series editor.

Museum Hours

Summer Season

Thursday, May 26th

Thursday - Sunday
11 AM - 5 PM

Adults -- $5
Youths 6 to 17-- $3
Kids 5 and under are free

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

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The Museum is closed for the winter.

We will reopen next Spring.

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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