Built in 1869 by John Quincy Adams Young, a prominent Oregon pioneer, the house became Cedar Mill’s first post office and served as a general store. It’s one of the oldest buildings in our area, and it’s going to be transformed into a community resource through the efforts of local citizens.
Monday, June 15, 2009
First Step: Develop the Grounds into a Park.
Our first step in restoring the house is to develop the grounds to a park.
Some features of the park will be:
- Picnic tables and paths
- A large lawn area
- A connection to the future "Boardwalk Trail" to Cedar Mill Falls
- An observation area, overlooking Cedar Mill Creek
- Garden and house interpretive plaques for historical education
- A fenced demonstration kitchen garden with a hand water pump, and plants that would have been grown there when the house was built.
- Landscaping with native and historical plants and trees.
And, not the least important, parking upgrades and ADA accessible paths!
How much money will this take? A lot! Current estimates are in the ball park of $44,500. Funding for the project will come from donations and grants. Donations can come in the form of time, goods, services and money. Often grants will match private donations, so you can double your contribution. See our blog about how donations are handled in our "" post.