Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill

Southeast Salem

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In a Nutshell

Discover more than 150 years of valley history alongside stunning holiday lights displays, kids' activities, and a chance to visit Santa

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Promotional value expires Dec 24, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Three Options

  • $5 for admission to Magic at the Mill for two ($10 value)
  • $10 for admission to Magic at the Mill for four ($20 value)
  • $15 for admission to Magic at the Mill for six ($30 value)

Holiday cheer suffuses the 5-acre campus of the Willamette Heritage Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 19–23, along with thousands of holiday lights that sparkle and wink from the boughs of trees and eaves of buildings. Actors stroll through living-history exhibits, revealing the Christmas traditions of years gone by, while musicians play holiday favorites from all time periods. Model railroads and dedicated kids' programming entertain tykes while they await their turn to visit with Santa. Children aged 3 and under get in free.

Willamette Heritage Center

The Willamette Heritage Center 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.

Customer Reviews

I didn't know this wonderful place was even in existence until I saw the Groupon. What a wonderful surprise to see such an amazing place. I loved it and will return again.
Sandra O. · December 27, 2013
The place is amazing. So much history and information. I will never look at wool the same way again.
Ethel K. · December 26, 2013
Beautifully decorated, a lot of history....get there early!
Judi S. · December 24, 2013

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