Oregon’s Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site

32655 Boston Mill Rd., Shedd, Oregon A five-story 19th-century grain mill is at the heart of this 20-acre heritage site

Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site, Oregon
In 1897 Martin Thompson bought and renamed Boston Mills, which had been destroyed by fire and rebuilt.

32655 Boston Mill Rd., Shedd, Oregon

A five-story 19th-century grain mill is at the heart of this 20-acre heritage site in the Willamette Valley. Dating from 1863, this oldest water-powered mill in Oregon was a regular destination for rural families who came with their grain crops and left with bags of flour for the coming months. The mill also produced its own brands: Thompson’s Best, Cream of the Valley, and Valley Rose.

On guided tours led by rangers, visitors view the Calapooia River (the still-operating mill’s power source), antique milling machinery, four silos, grain elevators, and a carpentry shop. They also pass the Queen Anne – style millkeeper’s house, built in 1904.

Open daily, weather permitting.

www.oregonstateparks.org/park_256.php

(541) 491-3611

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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