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FHFG Heritage Festival

"Voices from the West Plain"

 

 

Don’t miss the 2019 Heritage Festival on Sept 28 and 29!

Step back in history to see what life was like in the fall of 1840 when the Quincy Independent Missionary party arrived on the West Tualatin Plains by attending the Friends of Historic Forest Grove Heritage Festival.  The festival will be held at the historic Alvin T Smith property in Forest Grove.

 

During the festival, a few of the people who deeply influenced the life of Alvin T. Smith will come to life and tell their story. The portrayal tour will be held inside the house and it will require tickets purchased in advance further down this page or in person at Corner Antiques in Forest Grove. There will be a limited # of time slots available for the tours and the number of people in each tour is limited to guarantee the best experience for our guests.

 

There will be free music and artisan displays and a Smith Trading Post store will sell items reminiscent of our pioneer heritage.  Mr Smith will be there to welcome you and some of his family and old friends will be there too.

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About the Venue

The FHFG Heritage Festival will be held at the Alvin T Smith house in Forest Grove.  The house was built in 1854 by Alvin T Smith, a member of the Quincy Missionary party.  The house is on the National Historic Register and is owned by Friends of Historic Forest Grove. 

Of the 640 acres that Mr & Mrs Smith owned, the house is on a 2.28 acre parcel of the original land claim. The adjacent parcel of 3.2 acres is now owned by the City of Forest Grove which is in the process of designing a park which will complement the National Register home to the southwest.

AT Smith House

Directions

From Highway 47, turn south on Elm Street.  Follow Elm St until it ends.  The driveway to AT Smith property will be on your right.  Signs will help guide you.

About AT Smith

Alvin Smith wed Abigail Raymond Smith and although they had no children of their own they adopted two girls who had lost their parents, and took in other children to care for while family members were working to become established. In the 1850 Census there were 7 children living with the Smiths: Eliza Brown age 14, Ellen Gale 13, Edward Gale 12, Susan Gale 10, Margaret Gale 7, Margaret Ellen Owens 9, Catharine Owens 6.   They were all living in the small cabin which preceded the house.

Smith helped found the Tualatin Academy and Pacific University.  He was the first Territorial Post Master and was an early Magistrate during formation of the State of Oregon. The lives of early settles were interwoven, they all depended upon one another have their own role in developing the community we have today.

Pioneers You’ll Meet

  • Alvin T Smith 
  • Abigail Raymond Smith
  • Jane Averill Smith 
  • Catherine Owens Goodell
  • Tabitha Brown
  • Harvey Clark
  • Matilda Saeger
  • Henry Buxton, Sr
  • Robert “Doc” Newell

Learn about our pioneers

Hear their stories in their own words! 

You’ll meet:

  • Alvin T Smith 
  • Abigail Raymond Smith
  • Jane Averill Smith 
  • Catherine Owens Goodell
  • Tabitha Brown
  • Harvey Clark
  • Matilda Saeger
  • Henry Buxton, Sr
  • Robert “Doc” Newell

See how pioneers lived...

...where they ate...

...where they slept.

Learn about how they traveled

Thank you to our partners!

Old Trapper

Old Trapper is a nationwide purveyor of quality beef jerky products, celebrating 50 years of business.  They have a new 80,000 sf state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Forest Grove.