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Orchard Locations
Orchard Location Information
In 2001, OPRD foresters began inventorying historic fruit trees at several park locations.  Each tree is marked with a numbered tag, and a GPS point is collected for the creation of a map of the orchard.  Individual tree data is entered into a database, which tracks annual maintenance tasks.  Interpretive signage is being developed to direct visitors to the orchard locations.

Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek Historic Orchard
The Wolf Creek Inn is the oldest continuous use hotel in the state of Oregon. Built in 1883 by pioneer merchant Henry Smith, the inn was billed as a "first-class traveler's hotel" for folks traveling on the stagecoach. The building was first called Wolf Creek Tavern, an old English term describing a hotel that served food. By the 1880s Henry Smith had accumulated large land holdings, many of which he planted in orchards that still stand today. In fact, the large apple and pear trees located next to the inn north of the dining room are part of an orchard planted in 1885. Varieties include Vicar of Winkfield pear and  Belmont apple.
  Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site

Deschutes River
Deschutes River Almond Orchard
Deschutes River Historic Almond Orchard information will be available soon.
 Deschutes River State Recreation Area

Silver Falls Orchards
Silver Falls South Orchard
Back in 1873, the town site of Silver Falls City existed at the site of this orchard. Fruit trees were one of the very first items planted in the town, because the settlers depended heavily on the fruit throughout much of the year.  Several varieties would be planted that ripened at different times. This allowed the settlers to supply themselves with fruit for as long a period as possible. They also planted cider apples. Cider was the primary drink in early times, not milk or water. 
Four varieties of apples still exist in the orchard today; those identified include Yellow Newtowne and Dutch Mignonne.  At least three varieties of pears still exist in the orchard, and likely include Bartlett, Bosc and Comice.  2007 looks promising for fruit production, so stay tuned to this website for an update of the varieties.
 Silver Falls State Park

Fort Yamhill
Ft Yamhill Historic Apple tree
Fort Yamhill Orchard information will be available soon.
 Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area

cascadia apple tree and interns
Cascadia Homestead Orchard information will be available soon.
Cascadia State Park

Clay Meyers
Clay Meyers Orchard
Clay Meyers Orchard information will be available soon.
  Clay Meyers State Natural Area at Whalen Island

Smith Homestead Orchard
Smith Homestead Orchard
Located 1/2 mile east of the Tillamook Burn Interpretive Center, operated by the Oregon Department of Forestry, the remnants of this orchard reminds us of the difficult conditions travelers faced in the late 1800s.  In 1886, Walter and Alice Smith were the first white family to settle in the Upper Wilson River Valley. They built a 12 foot by 14 foot cabin to live in, and enjoyed a bountiful garden and fresh salmon caught in the Wilson River running outside their cabin door.  Their first winter was extremely cold and harsh and their food supply ran out.  Faced with starvation, they cut down a cedar tree growing on their property, carved out a canoe, and proceeded to float the icy Wilson River for two and a half days before finally reaching the settlement of Tillamook.  In 1985 they added 11 rooms to their cabin and began operating a guest house for weary travelers. 
Remnant trees from their orchard still survive today and include 3 apple trees and one pear tree. Restoration efforts on these trees include annual pruning of dead and diseased wood, and grafting of scions to ensure survival of the historic varieties.  Fruit production is increasing in the trees, and identification of the varieties will hopefully take place in the fall of 2007.
Today, the historical cabin site is marked by a beautiful Oregon white oak tree (planted by the Smith family in approximately 1900), sprouts from an old butternut tree, and an old grape vine hiding in nearby bushes.  What wonderful reminders of a family's day-to-day life so many years ago in the beautiful Upper Wilson River Valley!
                                   Oregon white oak and butternut tree

Project Partners
Tillamook Forest Center
Oregon Department of Forestry