Living History at Dorris Ranch

Visitors to the Historic Village at Dorris Ranch can tour three areas of importance in early Oregon history.

Masterson Pioneer Homestead

Step back to 1852 and discover what life was like for a newly arrived pioneer immigrant family in the fledgling town of Springfield. William and Eliza Masterson and their five young children set out on the Oregon Trail for their "free" land. As part of the Homestead Act they staked out their 320-acre donation land claim on what was later to become Dorris Ranch. They settled their growing family in a simple, 12-foot-by-16-foot log cabin like this one. A nearby blacksmith shop shows children how the father of the family may have fashioned his tools, and a freight farm wagon depicts the mode of transportation.

Northwest Coast Native American Plank House
This 20- by 16-foot plank house is built of cedar planks, like the homes Native Americans built in this area before 1820.

Trapper's Cabin
This replica of an 1830s fur trapper's cabin helps students learn about this important era of Oregon history.

Field Trips

A field trip to Dorris Ranch includes:
  • A packet of guidelines for teachers.
  • A two-hour program beginning at 9:30 a.m.
  • Classes are invited to bring a sack lunch to eat at the ranch after the program.
  • We can accommodate up to 35 students each day.
  • Download the teacher information packet.
In-district student: $4 each
Out-of-district student: $4.50 each
Teachers/adult chaperones: Free

Payment: one check made payable to Willamalane Park and Recreation District. We cannot accept cash, multiple checks or purchase orders.

Please fill out this form to register. Your group name on the Living History Calendar below is your confirmation. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Marsh.

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