History news

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JQAY house
A 1903 photo of the house. Note the ladder against the pear tree! You can get your own clone of that tree at these meetings!

Let’s talk about our historic house!

Fridays in May, 5 pm, JQA Young House, 12050 NW Cornell, (east of Cedar Mill Bible Church)

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month in Cedar Mill, Oregon with Friends of the Young House “Un-Open House.” The underutilized c.1865 saltbox house is “mothballed” to keep out intruders so we will meet under the Heritage Hickory tree that was planted behind the house about the time the house was built as part of an early (c.1855) sawmill complex.

JQAY house apples
Gravenstein apples from the heritage apple tree next to the house

Drop in for informal discussion of the Young House, Cedar Mill’s oldest historic structure. We’ll update you on the Friends work in partnership with its owner, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, to revitalize it. You can also purchase a Heritage Gravenstein Apple or Bartlett Pear clone of the two trees that remain from the extensive orchard that stood west of the house.

BYOB or enjoy complimentary water and apple juice as our forbearers might have done.

Sponsored by the Friends of the John Quincy Adams Young House, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit whose mission is to preserve and renovate the house by raising funds and informing the public about its place in history. The house was built between 1863 and 1869 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, email us at JQAYoungHouseInfo@gmail.com

trees at five oaks

Earliest known photo of the Five Oaks istoric Site, circa 1925. photographer unknown, Five Oaks Museum Collection

New exhibit at Five Oaks Museum

Opening date TBD (likely in May), visit the website and/or sign up for the newsletter to get details on when it opens

Replenish the Root: Six Centuries of Gathering under the Oaks tells the multilayered story of the Five Oaks Historic site, a grove of five Oregon white oaks in the Tualatin Valley that have borne witness to centuries of community and environmental changes. Through objects, photographs, and art, the exhibition invites us to learn about the people who have gathered here for over 600 years and our communal relationship with Oregon white oak savannas.

Beaverton History Association meetings

Wednesday, May 17, 2 pm, Cathy Stanton Room of Beaverton Public Library,  12375 SW 5th

All are welcome to find out more about Beaverton history and get involved in the effort to help others learn! For more information, contact Dick Nichols, 503-267-0335 or by email.