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The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill

Address: 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: 503-585-7012
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Ranked #10 of 21 Attractions in Salem
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Costumed guides take visitors through all stages of the wool production process at the restored...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Bothell, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Pacific Grove, California
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182 reviews 182 reviews
65 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We wished we'd budgeted more time. We arrived around 9:30 and left at 1:30, but with four preserved missionary structures and the mill complex, we could have easily stayed longer. The cafe here offers inventive and tasty dishes for lunch, and there's lots of things to shop for, if that's your thing. If you like history, you could spend the... More 

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My sister, visiting from Iowa, spent an afternoon wandering through the historical houses and the mill itself. It had been a while since I had been there and got completely engrossed in all the displays. My sister felt that it was one of the best value-wise attractions that she had seen during her visit in Oregon. There was not a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Charming pieces of history, very easy for even people in walkers or wheelchairs to visit as there is an elevator. The grounds are a prefect place for a picnic, we have taken advantage of it several times.

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Salem, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Great information about the mill, the founding of this part of Oregon. and some fun shops. Don't miss

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Etna, WY
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My wife and I as well as two friends from Seattle visited here last spring. We spent about two hours and felt our time was well spent. Lots to see and mostly out of the rain that was falling that day. Quite a lot of information on how this part of Oregon was settled. I would recommend a visit to... More 

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Rochester, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This Heritage Center preserves a large woolen mill from the late 1800's and several very old buildings from Salem or the Salem area. It was interesting and my wife and I spent about three hours here. We found it a bit difficult to follow exactly how the wool from the sheep is converted into clothes in this factory. There are... More 

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Halifax
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Went last night to the new exhibit, very nice with lots of information from other museums and organizations, very nice. Such a lovely place and the people are very friendly.

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