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2019 Fall Heritage Festival

September 28 & 29 @ the AT Smith House

Celebrate with arts & crafts, food and music.  See our history come to life with people portraying local pioneers.

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!

Grounds open 11:30am – 5:00pm

Tours from 12:00pm – 4:30pm

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Historic Homes Tour

Biennial 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

Biennial 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.

Fall Heritage Festival

The first Fall Heritage Festival will occur on September 28 & 29, 2019.

Become a FHFG Member

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

Other Ways to Give

Did you know that FHFG can benefit from your purchases at Fred Meyer or Amazon?

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...

People from FHFG’s
Past and Present

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...

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...

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...

Skip Buhler

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Stories of
FHFG’s Past

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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'...

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...

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...

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...

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

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