Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party celebrates all the women of the west who, like Philip’s wife Mary Charlotte Pettygrove Foster, endured hard travels, family separations and death, and yet persisted to make Oregon a home. Our event features hand-made quilts, authentic Victorian clothing, and delicious snacks.
Admission is $5.00 per person or $20.00 for a family.
Come the first or second Wednesday of October, from 10:00 to 2:00. Admission is $5.00 per person or $20 per family. Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a day of hands-on history! No reservations required.
This event is different from our scheduled tours. After a brief orientation, families can decide how long they want to spend at each station, with time to explore more, take breaks, and talk about each activity with farm staff and volunteers. Cider press demonstration is another benefit of this special day for families.
In addition to the usual hands-on activities around the Farm, this year’s event will feature two optional lectures to engage your family. At 11:00, nationally recognized historic clothing expert Marge Harding will speak on “What She Wore on the Oregon Trail.” At 1:00, Philip Foster Farm’s program director, Jennifer Goldman, will speak on Philip Foster’s role in the development of the Barlow Road. Bring the teens and your favorite history buff to get a little deeper into Oregon Trail history.
Got questions? email [email protected]
Unfortunately, the following event has been canceled, due to the ongoing pandemic. The Farm will still be open for socially distanced visitation. Please do visit, donate, and support local history in any way you can!
Third Saturday of September: Bring your apples, press ours, or buy cider. Vendors, food, craftsmen and musicians all day. Fun for the whole family. We will have both the old and new parking lots available for this event.
Admission: $5.00 for individuals. $20.00 for families. Admission is free for our members, including volunteers who have worked at least 10 hours for us this year.
Cider pressing: If you’re bringing apples, please bring them to the parking lot on Eagle Creek Road.
– Press cider from your own apples: $3.00/gallon
– Press cider from our apples: $6.00/gallon
– Use our jugs: $1.00 each (jugs hold 1 gallon of cider)
– Pre-pressed, pasteurized cider: $7.00/gallon
What else is happening?
Live music, folk dancing, kids games, tours of the houses, store open for historic books, toys, games and souvenirs, 1860’s barn with corn-grinding and cross-cut saw, Build a log cabin, use the laundry scrub board and wringer, check out our wagon shed, and visit our vendors. Blacksmithing and kids crafts. Good food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, and Joe’s Donuts!
Please note: on the third Saturday of September there is a limit of 2 gallons per family, so everyone can have a turn. Please bring your apples to the bulk squeeze on Sunday afternoon from 2:00-6:00 for unlimited squeezing. AND if you have later apples to press, we will offer an additional bulk squeeze from 1-4:00 on the third Saturday of October. There is no admission charged for the bulk squeezes, and all parking is in the Eagle Creek lot.
Our annual Haunted Farm celebrates the 175th anniversary of the Barlow Road with a guided family-friendly living history tour, highlighting death and dying at the end of the Oregon Trail. October 23rd, 6-8:00 p.m.
Admission $5.00/person or $20.00/family.
Interested in providing music, demonstrations, or selling goods at our events? Email [email protected] for more information