There’s an extraordinary amount of cool stuff packed into the Yamhill County Historical Museum’s two buildings in Lafayette. Look at photos, furniture, clothes, tools, toys — anything you can think of that will illustrate what life was like when Lafayette was a new town and Oregon was a new state.
Better than that, there’s people. Volunteers at the museum know the county and the collections really well, and take a professor’s approach to giving a tour. Ask about an artifact and an explanation follows, plus context, plus a side trip over to another item that relates to the story. That rocking chair interest you? Well, here’s the story of its journey down the Oregon Trail. Ask about a quilt and learn about quilting, textiles and the woman who created it. Everything has a history, including the buildings. Ask.
If you want to learn even more, poke around downstairs. Most of the ground floor is the Ruth Stoller Research Library. On a genealogy mission? This is your first stop. Again, ask questions. There’s plenty of help available to you.
Stop on by. The museum is at 605 Market St., Lafayette, and is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, or by appointment by calling 503-864-2308. It costs $2 for adults and $1 for kids 6-16. Younger kids get in for free.