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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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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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Go back in time

You can immerse yourself in another time and another period. We were taken on a tour with an absolutely wonderful docent who played the role of the original mill owner. She... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 25, 2015
AlaskansinOR
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Ashland, Oregon
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Norwalk, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

A historical background on an old wool mill that later became Pendalton. It has some nice historical houses as well.

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

You can immerse yourself in another time and another period. We were taken on a tour with an absolutely wonderful docent who played the role of the original mill owner. She alone was worth the experience. My wife, who is a weaver, found this place fascinating and informative. I, the photographer, concurred but for a different reason--great images inside and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

There at are four large floors to the one building of the museum. There is an elevator if you choose not to walk or can't and there are also stairs. Each floor has differently themed displays. One floor has looms and more the smaller part of the sewing and weaving era another floor housed the "heavy" machinery. One floor had... More 

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Sisters, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

A group that I belong to recently did a weekend trip to Salem. One of the group members took us to the Willamette Heritage Center. Although I have lived in Oregon for 30 years I had never been there and was totally impressed at the museum and grounds. There were whole parts of Oregon history of which I was unaware.... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

As other reviewers have noted, it really is important to plan on spending several hours here because of the many features of the site. To begin with, the grounds themselves are quite beautiful, with the mill race winding its way through and amongst the various buildings, the ducks quacking, the trees providing shade on hot summer days. The complex is... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

If you are a history buff you will love this place. They have very knowledgeable tour guides and even though the equipment is over 100 years old it still works! Pretty Cool!

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Bellingham, Wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Had to Go Back Twice, there was so many wonderful things to look at & purchase. Love the yarn shop the most. Everyone is very friendly & helpful.

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Chino Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

We thought this visit would take 15 minutes to do. We ended up staying there 2 hours and didn't finish. They give a mill tour that is excellent. You will learn so much. He was very knowledgeable on the mills operation They also have historical houses there that we didn't have time to visit.

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Weed, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 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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