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 there would be very little evidence of the life and times of this chapter in Oregon history.
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.
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
Fort Rock is located approximately 64 miles southeast of Bend Oregon, just off highway 31.
Fort Rock Road, Fort Rock, Oregon 97735, United States
Closed for the winter
The Museum will open for the Summer on
Thursday, May 6th