Tours of the Applegate House in Yoncalla on Sunday, August 23, 2015 will afford the public a rare opportunity to view this historic house and learn some of the history and lore associated with it. The tours will be hosted by Shannon and Susan Applegate, descendants of Charles and Melinda Applegate, who built the house between 1852 and 1856.
The oldest house in Oregon that has been continuously occupied by the same family, the Applegate House is little changed from its early days. Books, furnishings, tools, guns, and photos tell the story of one of Oregon’s most distinguished pioneer families. Even the herb garden and the majestic locust and black walnut trees have tales to tell.
The grounds will be open at noon, and tours will be offered at 1:00 and 2:00. Tickets for the tours will go on sale when the gates open and will be limited to 40 people per tour. The cost is five dollars, with children under 12 admitted free. Visitors are welcome to picnic in the shade of the trees while they await their tour. Cold drinks will be on sale, and a number of interpretive panels will be displayed, recounting various aspects of pioneer life and the life of native people of the area.
Joe Ross will be on hand to provide some old-time music. This is an excellent opportunity for families to absorb some of the spirit of Douglas County’s pioneer past.
Stay posted for upcoming information about our 2015 Holiday Tea scheduled for December 6th.
Applegate House Heritage Arts & Education (AHHAe) is a non-profit organization that was formed in December 2000 to serve people of all ages in Northern Douglas County and surrounding areas. Located in the unique setting of the 1852 Applegate House in Yoncalla, including one hundred acres of woods, a vineyard, fields and wetlands, we use its rich history as a focal point for exploring both the early pioneer era and the culture and traditions of the local Kalapuya and Western Oregon Indian tribes.
Throughout the year we hold a variety of events, including our spring and holiday teas, our educational programs for students in the Yoncalla schools, our semi-annual Apple Day, and periodic workshops or exhibits in historical topics for adults, such as last fall’s “Evening with Gus Peret and Aunt Hazel.” Visit our Facebook page.