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Willamette Heritage Center, Salem

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Willamette Heritage Center is a museum in Salem, Oregon, United States. The 5-acre site features several structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places including the Thomas Kay woolen mill, the Jason Lee House, Methodist Parsonage, John D. Boon House and the Pleasant Grove (Condit) Church. The houses and church were relocated to the mill site. The Center also includes a research library and archives of Marion County history.

The Center was created in 2010 from the merger of the Mission Mill Museum Association (est. 1964) and the adjacent Marion County Historical Society (est. 1950).
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  • Cute little place with a cute store, coffee, snacks, and of course the museum. Worth a visit for sure.  more »
  • This is one of the coolest places in Salem and very historic. It's an old mill where you can watch demonstrations of wool-making. Upstairs is a marvelous gallery with dozens of local artists. On the.....  more »
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  • One of the fascinating local heritage sites. While the homes have been moved to this location from their original spots, they are still period furnished and kept up very well. The crafty stores are always fun - particularly the book binder. Stop there just to admire his handy work. The mill race is also interesting to see and the mill itself is just a gem. Even if for a picnic, the grounds are beautiful and inviting. While you are there, the Marion County Historical Society is also located there with a wonderful Calapoia exhibit. One of my favorite spots in Salem. Just be mindful of the railroad crossing.
  • Lots of history and beautiful grounds. The self guided walk was not too strenuous. Very peaceful on the day we were there. A good bargain and helpful, friendly staff.

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