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2019 FHFG Annual Picnic

Sunday, June 14 2019 5PM - 7:30PM @ the AT Smith House

All members and their guests are invited to the 2019 FHFG Annual Picnic at the AT Smith House.  We’ll celebrate the 30th Anniversary of FHFG and recognize our original 1989 charter members. FHFG will provide tables, chairs, plates, cups, cutlery, drinks and fried chicken.   We ask our members to bring something, based on your last name:

  • A-J: please bring a side dish
  • K-Z: please bring a dessert

Please RSVP by July 3 with the number of people attending. You can email rsvp@fhfg.org, leave a message at 503.992.1280, or visit tinyurl.com/fhfg-rsvp.

2019 FHFG Garden Tour

"Sunday in the Garden" June 2, 2019 noon - 4PM

 

We had a great 2019 FHFG Garden Tour.  The weather was beautiful and the gardens even more so.  A special thank you to all of the homeowners who put many hours into getting their gardens and homes in pristine condition.  We’ll soon post photos of all of the gardens.  Stay tuned!

 

Six beautiful gardens were on tour stretching from historic Old Town Forest Grove to the modern Forest Gale Heights neighborhood.  Learn artistic ways to garden in small spaces, how to tackle a giant slope, and how to create a yard with something for the whole family.  Experience the joys of the old days with “games of years gone by.”  Each of the gardens will take you back to easy-going summer days by featuring displays of vintage boardgames like Monopoly, Clue, and Parcheesi and lawn games like croquet and badminton, with a brief history and the rules of each. 

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Historic Homes Tour

Semi-annual tour of the area’s historic homes.  

Cemetery Tour

Learn about Forest Grove’s pioneers by listening to their ghosts talk about the trials and tribulations of pioneer life. 

AT Smith House Restoration

A two-story Greek Revival style of house built in 1854.  It is the second oldest building in Forest Grove. 

Garden Tour

Semi-annual garden tour of the area’s most beautiful, unique, and interesting gardens in the spring.  

Old Train Station Museum

This is the home to Friends of Historic Forest Grove and serves as a  a museum highlighting 150 years of local history.

Become a FHFG Member

Sign up online and support the preservation of Forest Grove’s history.

Abigail's Garden @ A.T. Smith House

Abigail’s Garden is a recent addition to the A.T. Smith property.

Participate in FHFG!

Become a member.  Help out at the AT Smith House. Participate in one of our annual tours.  There are lots of ways to get involved with Forest Grove history! Have fun!

2019 is FHFG’s 30th Anniversary!

This year FHFG celebrate’s its 30th anniversary.  We have stories to tell and activities planned to celebrate this special occasion! Read the blog.

Profiles of FHFG
Charter Members

Eric Stewart

  “A gentle man and a scholar” is how Eric Stewart is remembered by those who knew him. His name came to our attention recently in two separate...

People from FHFG’s
Past and Present

Eric Stewart

  “A gentle man and a scholar” is how Eric Stewart is remembered by those who knew him. His name came to our attention recently in two separate...

Joyce Shorb Sauber

If you've spent any time at all with FHFG, you already know Joyce Sauber. She's the gracious lady serving refreshments at the...

Carl “Bud” Sherman

My good friend Carl Sherman passed away April 30th at the age of 103. You'll remember him from our drives around town that I wrote about in previous...

Alvin Thompson Smith

Alvin Smith: November 17, 1802 - January 22, 1888 When people talk about the founders of Forest Grove, the names Harvey Clark, Tabitha Brown, and...

Skip Buhler

One of the joys (and surprises!) of doing these “Friend” interviews has been discovering the hidden stories in the lives...

Manche Langley

Two unique names for two unique ladies. One, known to millions of people, is now the most famous archer in the world, star of “The Hunger Games”...

Tabitha Brown

Tabitha Brown: May 1, 1780 – May 4, 1858 Tabitha Moffatt Brown was an early pioneer on a treacherous journey by wagon train along the Oregon Trail...

Miss Emily’s Buggy

(Ed. Note: Orginal story by Judy Gates Goldmann) A buggy is a four wheeled, horse drawn vehicle. This one is light weight, with hard rubber tires on...

Stories of
FHFG’s Past

Wrong Side of the Tracks

Did you ever hear anybody from Forest Grove say “I live on the wrong side of the tracks?” I'm guessing you haven't. Why? Because Forest Grove, by...

Manche Langley

Two unique names for two unique ladies. One, known to millions of people, is now the most famous archer in the world, star of “The Hunger Games”...

Summertime in Forest Grove

Back in the day, when I was a kid, the city swimming pool was where you'd find me. In my early years, my mom would take me to the little kids' pool,...

Gay Nineties Celebration

I remember when I was going to Harvey Clarke Elementary School, getting ready for the Gay Nineties program, my class would practice singing our...

Carl “Bud” Sherman

My good friend Carl Sherman passed away April 30th at the age of 103. You'll remember him from our drives around town that I wrote about in previous...

Ghosts in the Grove

(Editor's Note: This was originally written by Holly Tsur and the Forest Grove Historic Landmarks Board.  It was later updated by Meldoy Haveluck)...

Old College Hall

April 17, 1850, the trustees of the newly chartered Tualatin Academy met on what is now the campus of Pacific University to decide where to...

Remembering the Lakeside in Hillside

A little over three miles up Thatcher Road from the Plaid Pantry is Tom Meier’s Three Mile Museum, a wonderfully elusive and eclectic spot loaded...

The Origin of Our Stringtown

I was biking last summer and found myself on one of the most scenic roads in our area: Stringtown. As I peddled, always keeping an eye out for the...

Gales Peak Lumber Mill

When I was growing up in Forest Grove, across the intersection from where I lived, Gerhart Bendix was raising his family. Gerhart was born in...

We want to hear your stories!

We want to hear your stories of FHFG’s past!  Tell us about a person, a building, an event, or a memory of Forest Grove.

Get involved and have fun!

FHFG is an active group and has a number of ongoing projects. Get involved! Member volunteers work to document and preserve the rich history of the area by collecting photographs, documents, and oral and written history.  Besides our continued efforts on the AT Smith house, we have an annual Garden Tour and Historic Home tour.

Our Mission

Friends of Historic Forest Grove is committed to enhancing and promoting the historic environment of Forest Grove through education in areas of historic interest while acknowledging national, state and local cultural resources.

Historic Homes in Forest Grove

Forest Grove Historic Districts

FHFG Membership

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