A Gateway to the Past
Philip Foster, one of Oregon’s earliest pioneers, was a leader in the establishment of Oregon. His farm and home in Eagle Creek played an important part in the history of the Barlow Road, which followed the south side of Mt. Hood as an alternative to the treacherous Columbia River route. Foster helped fund, build and operate the Barlow Road at various times between 1848 and 1865, guiding thousands of covered wagons into the Willamette Valley.
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” of the 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.
The farm boasts a general store, a large garden area, flower gardens, orchard, grainary, blacksmith's shop, wagons, barns and of course the farm house itself. One cannot help but fall in love with the romance of pioneers after visiting the farm! I know I did, and will be visiting again soon.
The most popular tour is the Pioneer Life Tour for children. Aimed at 4th graders, teachers of kindergarten through 8th grade students tell the farm their students love it, learn from it, and remember it for years! The PLT begins with an introduction to the history of the farm and the safety rules for students. After that, groups of about ten are sent to their stations and rotate around the farm to enjoy all the activities.
The PLT is $6.00 per person (including adults) April through August. September and October tours are $6.00 for students, $5.00 for adults. School staff is free.
The ideal size for this tour is 30-80 students, but we can accommodate more (or less) if you contact us soon enough.
I enjoyed my visit today
to the farm, and would
recommend it to anyone
hankering for a fun
afternoon filled with
history, period costumed
volunteers, and some
good old fashioned
candy sticks from the general store! For more information visit: Philip Foster Farm