Founded in 1962, the Museum’s exhibits are displayed in Brownsville’s original railroad depot and six Southern Pacific railroad cars. Their collections cover the lives, work, and cultures of Native People, Oregon Trail immigrants, black and white pioneer settlers, and the early families and communities of Linn County. You will also find exhibits on the Brownsville Mill Race (the earliest source of local industrial hydro-power), the Brownsville Woolen Mill and regional mining. One of the boxcars is even a 29 seat theater, The Boxcar Theatre. They also house a fairly extensive, and well used, Genealogy Section. Of particular interest is the Covered Wagon that carried the Drinkard family across the Oregon Trail in 1865.
Their “Hands On History” event, every 4th weekend in August, allows you to step back in time and try your hand at the crafts and activities practiced by the folks who lived here long ago, listen to the music and stories of the pioneers and tales of the native experience. Library Park will be filled with activities you can give a try…Wheat grinding, Beeswax Candle Making, Crosscut Sawing, Blacksmithing, Quilting, Weaving, Spinning, Bread Making, Cider Pressing and more. Try your hand at washing clothes with a Washboard and tub, play with pioneer toys, make yourself a pioneer doll. Get your hands dirty panning for gold and watch a Kalapuya elder demonstrate flint knapping. This year we are expanding to the Moyer House for a lot of the domestic activities. This free activity is supported by a generous donation from Randy Tripp.
The 2019 Stand By Me Day is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23. A full schedule of fun events is being planned for their favorite fans from Noon till 7:00 pm. The Blueberry Pie Eating Contest will be back this year, along with walking tours, movie showings, the Fun Facts & Fan Forum, hula hoop demo & lessons, 50’s games and music, a Cruise-In on Park Avenue, Costume Contest and Blueberry Pies. Join the fun in Castle Rock, Oregon (Brownsville, Oregon). Join the fun in Castle Rock, Oregon (Brownsville, Oregon) Visit their website for a complete list of activities.
The Historic 1881 Moyer House is also part of the Museum. Located just a block and a half South of the main Museum, you can tour the house on weekends, or by prior arrangement on any day the museum is open.
Now listed on the National Register of Historic places, this beautiful example of Italianate Architecture was built to as the home of John and Elizabeth Moyer. The Moyers were an influential couple in Brownsville who created a beautiful home in which they could entertain in style. The extensive painting and stenciling in every room is unique and impressive.
Lovingly restored over the years by the Linn County Museum Friends, the Moyer House is open for tours every Saturday between Labor Day and Memorial Day from 11:00 and 4:00. During the summer months it is also open on Sundays between 1:00 and 5:00. Admission for adults is $5.00 and children under 12 is $1.00. Weekday tours can be arranged by calling the museum at 541-466-3390.
Visit linnmuseum.com for more information about these events and more activities.