Dorris Ranch

Address: 205 Dorris St.

Dorris Ranch is a national historic site, a living history farm and a public park complete with walking trails and natural areas. Dorris Ranch also serves as the western access point of the paved, 4-mile long Middle Fork Path, which runs to Clearwater Park. The park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Park Amenities:
  • Natural area
  • Parking
  • Picnic tables
  • Rentals
  • Restrooms
  • Trails
  • Viewpoints
  • Living history village
  • Filbert orchards
  • Historic buildings
 
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Classes at Dorris Ranch

Sunset Yoga:
Ages 18+. Join us for an introductory yoga class on the lawn at Dorris Ranch. Learn beginner movements while enjoying the peace of an early summer's evening. ALL-ACCESS fitness members stretch for free!

Wednesday, 6/19, 5:30-6:30pm
$7 ID/$9 OD
Class #21745. Register Here


Stories and S'mores: All ages. What is better than a great story told around a roaring campfire? Well s’mores of course! Join us for family friendly stories and sticky treats around the campfire at Dorris Ranch.

Friday, 6/21, 7-8:30pm 
$7 ID/$9 OD. 
Class #21471. Register Here


Share a Smile with Rock Painting: Find joy, relaxation and inspiration by painting and hiding rocks, the latest outdoor adventure craze! Express yourself by painting lovely and positive images on stones. Learn about the right paints and sealers to make your creations weatherproof. Find places to hide them at Dorris Ranch, where they'll make someone else's day. Then, discover places where you might find others. All materials included.

Sunday, 6/23, 1-3pm
$12 ID/$15 OD
Class #21826. Register Here


Living History Candlelight Tour: All ages. Campfires and candlelight illuminate the night as you stroll back through time observing different eras of Oregon’s history as they come to life around you. Takes place at Dorris Ranch.

Satuday, 6/30, 7-9pm 
$7 ID/$9 OD 
Class #21474. Register Here


Family Flashlight Scavenger Hunt: All ages. Under the canopy of oaks and firs make your way along the trails at Dorris Ranch, using flashlights to seek out everything on your list. Digital camera or phone required. Takes place at Dorris Ranch.

Friday, 7/12, 8:30-10pm 
$7 ID/$9 OD
Class #21473. Register Here


A Night of a Million Stars: All ages. Join our friends from the Eugene Astronomical Society for a night of stargazing under the darkness of the new moon. Takes place at Dorris Ranch.

Friday, 8/30, 9-11pm  
$7 ID/$9 OD 
Class #21472. Register Here




Living History


Living History Village: Each spring and fall, the Living History Village is available for school field trips. Costumed living history interpreters lead school-age students through a historical adventure, emphasizing relationships between people, the environment, and the past. For pricing, details, and scheduling, contact Craig Annsa by emailing craig.annsa@willamalane.org or calling at 541-736-4583.

Traveling Trunk Shows: Let us bring history to you. Historical interpreters in period costume transport the excitement of learning to your group. Choose your experience:
  • One-Room Schoolhouse
  • Kalapuya: The First People
  • Entertainment of the Victorian Era
  • The Pioneer Settler

$50 for a one-hour presentation done by one interpreter.

About the Orchards 

Dorris Ranch is recognized as the first commercial filbert orchard in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Oregon's history with filberts started in 1892 when George Dorris and his wife Lulu bought 250 acres of fertile land along the Willamette River and dedicated their lives to farming. After experimenting with a variety of crops, George established the first commercial filbert nut orchard in the United States. Over the next 50 years the Dorris family planted 9,200 trees at the ranch and harvested more than 50 tons of nuts each year.

Now, more than 100 years later, Dorris Ranch continues to make history as a fully-productive commercial filbert orchard. More than half of all the commercial filbert trees now growing in the U.S. originated from Dorris Ranch nursery stock.

Each of the 11 separate orchards was named in order to help hired hands know where to work each day.

The approximate age of each orchard may be determined by looking at the spacing between trees. In the earliest orchards (planted beginning in 1903) the trees are planted very close together. As the years went by, spacing between the trees became greater. Dorris Ranch has a total of 9,250 filbert trees planted in 75 acres.

Most of the trees in the Dorris Ranch orchards are of the Barcelona variety. Because the Barcelona is self-sterile, other varieties—the DuChilly and the Daviana—are planted as pollinators every third tree in every third row.

Today, Willamalane is in the process of removing the Barcelona trees in stages in an effort to fight eastern filbert blight. New blight-resistant trees are replacing the highly susceptible varieties George Dorris planted. 

Filberts are considered a "self-husking" nut. The husk falls off when the filbert drops from the tree. Machines can then pick up the filberts and take them directly to the drying machines. A local orchardist maintains the Dorris Ranch orchards.
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