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The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill

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Address: 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: 503-585-7012
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Description: Costumed guides take visitors through all stages of the wool production...
Costumed guides take visitors through all stages of the wool production process at the restored 1889 water-powered wool mill located on a five-acre museum complex that also includes other museums and historical buildings. You can also view the water-driven turbine that provides electricity for the buildings.
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Great historic Mill in Salem, Oregon

We enjoyed our visit here, there are several old buildings on this site along with an old woolen mill. The race is still running under the mill so you can see how the water... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Weed, California
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Weed, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We enjoyed our visit here, there are several old buildings on this site along with an old woolen mill. The race is still running under the mill so you can see how the water diversion powered the equipment to run the mill. The buildings that are also on this site are historical houses from the early Salem era. We did... More 

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Burlington VT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Heard a lecture on Salem history from one of the Heritage Center employees. It and she were very entertaining, and enhanced my enjoyment of Salem. The lecture was held at the convention center, but included photos and information about the mill. Would love to explore further if I am in Salem again.

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The three historic houses were amazing mainly for the wealth of history inside on display boards about native inhabitants, early exploration and settlement, women's roles, etc. etc. Super educational and interesting. The mill itself was also interesting but a little hard to take as the tour was quite long and the smells and damp were oppressive at times. The docent... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

$7.00 for adults, I think there is a break with the AAA card. We forgot, took the guided tour lasted an hour, could have gone two, but our brains were full, learned so much. Tour guide knowledgeable, patient, interesting, he loved the mill and Salem. So we saw all the parts of the mill and learned how to prepare wool... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Love this event and glad it was a success. Bobby's presentation was engaging, inspiring and entertaining.

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Lot of interesting stuff from salem's past, Lot of walking involved plan to say for a while. Admission was pretty fair.

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This used to be an amazing museum. I used to visit at least once a year, ever since I was a child. The historic homes used to be my favourite part, they were absolutely magical, the rooms looked like they had just been left the way they were by their early residents, this combined with the costumed tour guides made... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A wonderful little tour through a mill. I did a self tour. Video at the beginning was informative. Enjoyed reading the stories in each building about the life and people of the times. Also enjoyed reading and seeing how things worked in the mill. Nice grounds, friendly staff and cute gift shops. There was also a little café but I... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This old mill was established in the late 1800's and has much of the original machinery still there. A self guided tour takes you through the steps of operation and the reader boards explain it all. We hit it lucky when an employee came by asked if we wanted to see a big loom in action, and it was amazing... More 

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Coos Bay, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is an excellent place for adults and children. You can truly see what life was like when Salem was young. You are allowed to tour at your own pace which is a big plus!

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