Thursday, February 21, 2008

Home of Jason Lee

The home of Reverend Jason Lee, leader of the Methodist Mission to Oregon in 1834. Built in 1841, it is the oldest frame house still standing in the Pacific Northwest. This sounds odd when I look at the daily photo blogs of Eric in Paris, Pierre in Venice, Zsolt in Budapest showing buildings centuries old. But Oregon wasn't even a state until 1859!

Jason Lee established a school known as the Oregon Institute, which later grew to become Willamette University, the first college in the Oregon Territory.

The Lee house is located on the small, peaceful grounds of the Mission Mill Museum.

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