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.
The Fort Rock Valley Historical Society, founded in 1984 with eight charter members, conceived the Homestead Village which opened in 1988 with two buildings, the Webster cabin and Dr. Thom's office. In the ensuing years, more land was acquired from the BLM and more buildings were brought in from surrounding homestead sites. Many of the buildings were considered hazardous to open range cattle and were scheduled to be put to the torch.
Since that time, several more homes, a church and school have been moved to the village as well as pieces of vintage equipment. As this is an ongoing project, more structures and historical pieces will be added in the future.
Without the dedication and perseverance of the Fort Rock Historical Society's members and volunteers, there would be very little evidence of the life and times of this chapter in Oregon history.
Email us for information to book a photo or film shoot. Applications and fees are required and must be submitted 30 days in advance of the booking date.
Although our museum is self-guided, we encourage school and other groups to visit. Email us for an application to schedule a group tour or your school's field trip. Group tours must include 10 or more people. Applications are required and must be submitted 30 days in advance of the booking date. After hours rates and additional fees will apply.
Built in 1918, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church located on the Belletable and later Godon Ranch near Fleetwood, was later named St. Bridget's after Bridget Godon. It was moved to the Museum grounds in 1988 and in good condition and restored as original. The Church is available to rent for small weddings and memorial services. Email us for more information.
Fort Rock is located approximately 64 miles southeast of Bend Oregon, just off highway 31. The Museum offers a self-guided tour. Step back in time to the early 1900s Homestead era. The Museum is interesting for adults and children alike. We have a wonderful gift shop full of local history books and souvenirs to add to your adventure.
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64696 Fort Rock Road, Fort Rock, Oregon 97735 United States
The Museum is now OPEN for the Season! Open Memorial Day through 2nd weekend in September seasonally. Thursday - Sunday, 11am-5pm; last admission 4:30. Open holidays during the operating season: Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day!
*We have a no dogs/pets allowed policy. *We do not allow handbags, backpacks, etc while touring the Museum. Thank you for your consideration!
Each building has a story
This area is a photographer's dream
Portraits: Fort Rock Valley Homestead Years
A maar, a volcanic crater formed by steam explosions
A volcanic fissure