Philip Foster Farm, Eagle Creek

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#5 of 13 in Historic Sites in Clackamas County
Philip Foster Farm is a historic site in Eagle Creek, Oregon, United States, near the city of Estacada. The farm is part of a 640acre 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 Society, 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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  • 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 a...  more »
  • My daughter, friends, and myself had a wonderful time at Philip Foster Farm. Their were young ladies to give us a tour and tell us all about the farm and the Fosters. There were activities and things ...  more »
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  • My daughter loves this place. She first went on a field trip with school, then went to "pioneer camp" for one week in summer. Such a long, long drive from Portland, but so worth it. Plenty of people in period costumes, fun pioneer activities to learn, handmade toys to buy. Well worth the drive.
  • We got there about 45 minutes before the store & buildings closed for the day, so some buildings were already locked up, but the few employees around we're nice & friendly. Buildings are clean & interesting to go through. Our family from North Dakota & Florida were excited at the history. My two year old daughter was impressed with Goose, the farm cat.

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