Creating a Community Tours
Visit our historic houses to explore and understand the history of the mid Willamette Valley from the Kalapuya to today.
The Lee House, built in 1841, is the oldest frame house still standing in the Pacific Northwest and was home to four Methodist missionary families. Today the rooms are galleries telling their stories and explaining their legacy in the education and development of the Willamette Valley and Oregon.
The Methodist Parsonage, built in 1841, was built to house missionary individuals and families. Current exhibits explore the stories of the Kalapuya, women and children in the community and some of the people and institutions that have made Salem what it is today.
The Boon House, built in 1847, was home to the family of Oregon Trail emigrant John D. Boon, who served as Oregon’s Territorial Treasurer and later as Oregon’s first State Treasurer. Boon was a businessman in early Salem, influencing the development of the city’s transportation, communication and commerce. His home today completes the story of early Salem with a snapshot in time of 1847 Oregon.