Last updated: 1/23/2012
Eagle Creek, Oregon
Street Address
29912 SE Hwy. 211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022
Mailing Address
PO Box 1040
Estacada, OR 97023
phone: 503-637-6324
May, June, September and October
Open Saturdays
Saturday11 AM - 4 PM
Farm Buildings are closed in winter except for Winter Traditions Tours and Christmas in the Country scheduled for December.
Father's Day to Labor Day
Daily11 AM - 4 PM
General Admission: $5
Per Family:$20
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Elaine Butler, Site Manager
phone: 503-341-7256
Amber Milmore, Store and Events Management
phone: 503-637-6324
Libby Burke, Archivist
phone: 503-637-6324

Philip Foster was one of Oregon's earliest settlers, arriving with his family by ship via Cape Horn and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) in 1843. He played an important part in Oregon's early history, serving as the first Treasurer of the Provisional Government in 1844 and 1845. Foster was also an entrepreneur, partnering with Sam Barlow in constructing the Barlow Road in 1846, operating a store in Oregon City, and founding a flourmill and cattle company with Dr. John McLoughlin, known as the "Father of Oregon."


Our primary focus is the Philip Foster Farm National Historic Site, offering living history demonstrations and interpretation to school groups and to the public. Our vision is to continue building the community of Foster’s original enterprise for year-round use linking the past to the present.


Foster bought a 640-acre land-claim in Eagle Creek in 1847, which he developed for the arrival of emigrants traveling the Barlow Road, the "last leg" overland segment of the Oregon Trail. He cleared land, planted crops and orchards, built a house and a store, as well as constructing a lumber mill and gristmill. The Foster place became a welcome sight for pioneers struggling over the shoulder of Mt. Hood after their 2,000-mile journey from Missouri. With the store, cabins to rent and meals offered to the emigrants, Foster's Place was indeed the First Destination Resort in the Oregon Territory.

Artifact Collections

Hands-on educational site allows for use of period pioneer equipment.

Research Collections

Archives include documents and photos related to the Barlow Road, early Eagle Creek, and Estacada.

Educational Programs
  • Pioneer Life Tour for grades K-8
  • Winter Traditions Tour K-3rd
  • Adult Tours
  • Annual Events

Performance Areas


Operated by the Jacknife-Zion-Horseheaven Historical Society as private, volunteer-driven nonprofit.


Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes


Wheelchair Accessible


Gift Shop

Our charming store is a replica of Philip Foster's original enterprise, stocked with toys, games, candy, household goods, books, textiles, clothing, etc. ranging from the 1800s to the early 1900s. We also stock local hand-crafted items such as candles, knitted and woven goods, woodcraft items, iron work, and even local honey and home-made jams.

Event Rental

Grounds available for weddings, reunions, and other events.

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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