The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill preserves slices of valley history by word and deed, keeping up 14 historic structures and filling them with historical tours and living history displays. The Jason Lee house represents the oldest building on campus, built in 1841. The structure also boasts the title of oldest surviving wooden frame house in the Pacific Northwest, and its interior sports the period appropriate furnishings right down to an iron stove and a snoring, bonneted grandmother. Nearby stands the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, and piece of the Industrial Revolution that has survived since 1896, earning recognition as an American Treasure by the National Park Service. Workers keep the buildings clean and sound for tours and rentals, while actors keep the ground vibrant with living historical portrayals.
Sourcing fresh, local ingredients for their made-from-scratch dishes, Mission Mill Café supports community bellies and businesses with a bounty of sandwiches, soups, and other lunchtime favorites. Stimulate a culinary epiphany with the Dubliner sandwich, which comes piled high with corned beef, fried red onions, melted Swiss, and a side of sour cream-horseradish ($9). Or satisfy a green tooth with a seven-grain veggie burger, topped with mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and swiss, and served on fresh ciabatta bread from local bakery Cascade ($8.50). Diners can also dig into an assortment of crisp salads ($4–$9) or cut through the cold with Mission Mill's homemade soups, which, like excuses for not wearing pants, are crafted fresh daily ($5/bowl, $3/cup). Fill a remaining wedge-shaped stomach void with a slice of fresh, homemade pie ($3.50) and then counter strong desires to hibernate all afternoon with a mug of Allan Bros. Coffee ($1.75).
Historic Deepwood Estate's 1894 Queen Anne home rests its gables amid approximately 4 acres of lush gardens and nature trails, fascinating visitors with its Victorian-era architectural features and insightful exhibits. The Cherry Jubilee benefit dinner kicks off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party and a silent auction, where revelers can raise hands, paddles, or 20-foot oars to bid on myriad prizes, including a one-week getaway at Eagle Crest Resort, golf outings, and spa packages. The estate’s intricately designed gardens will play host to the evening's cherry-themed four-course dinner, which commences with a spinach, almond, cherry, and manchego cheese salad and culminates with delectable desserts, such as cherry tarts and italian panna cotta luxuriating in a cherry-infused sea. Live music by JT & The Tourists revives the poodle-skirt sounds of the ’50s and ’60s, specially remixed to conscript shoes into bobby-soxing dance armies. Proceeds from the Cherry Jubilee dinner and silent auction benefit the Friends of Deepwood and their quest for historic preservation.