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Philip Foster Farm, Eagle Creek

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Philip Foster Farm is a historic site in Eagle Creek, Oregon, United States, near the city of Estacada. The farm is part of a 640-acre (260 ha) land claim purchased in 1847 by American pioneer Philip Foster. Foster built a store, house, barn, and other structures at the farm. The farmhouse and barn still stand, and replicas of the store, blacksmith shop and log cabin have been built on the site.

The Farm is located on the last leg of the Barlow Road, and was an important rest stop for travelers on the Oregon Trail.

Exteriors of the Farm are accessible year-round, with interpretive signage. The website at http://philipfosterfarm.com lists visiting hours to see the interiors, with costumed interpreters. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and hosts thousands of school children each year for their hands-on Pioneer Life field trips. The Jacknife-Zion-Horseheaven Historical Society3, which owns and operates the site, jokes that Foster Farm is the "First destination resort in the Oregon Territory."

Some students at the nearby Summit Learning Charter school come to volunteer and help with tours. They also help with events, and when you arrive at the Farm, are dressed as Pioneers. Coming by is a lovely way to further your child's knowledge of Oregon History.

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The Philip Foster Farm is owned and managed by the Jacknife Zion Horse Heaven Historical Society. The Society is named for origin and place names for the Estacada Region. The Society Accepted responsibility for the farm thru Donation. The Society board of directors manage policy while paid staff and volunteers manage events. Events Include: Pioneer Life Tours (over 6000 participants); general public tours (over 2000); Live History Camp (5000); Special Events (13,000); Trails Across Time (11,000).

Special Events include but are not limited to:. Mary Charlotte's Garden Party

The fall Cider Squeeze

Christmas in the Country
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  • If you want to understand the Oregon trail and pioneer life, this a a mandatory stop. There are several docents on the property to answer questions and provide perspective. The buildings and... 
    If you want to understand the Oregon trail and pioneer life, this a a mandatory stop. There are several docents on the property to answer questions and provide perspective. The buildings and...  more »
  • I visited here on their "Cider squeeze" event, to watch rather than partake! The farm was an interesting place dating back to the early settlers. We saw the remains of the original homestead as well.....  more
    I visited here on their "Cider squeeze" event, to watch rather than partake! The farm was an interesting place dating back to the early settlers. We saw the remains of the original homestead as well.....  more »
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  • Helped out with raising the new schoolhouse walls with my girls who have volunteered on the farm. Can’t wait to see it completed. Love this beautiful spot!
  • I loved this place recently went there for the Cider squeeze and it was awesome! I just learned that my family stayed there during the Winter of 1846. It is such a great place to learn about history in a hands on way.

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