Willamette Mission State Park

April 24, 2004

We were grateful for a warm, sunny day for our long drive to Willamette Mission State Park. Our first stop was for coffee and pastries at Allann Brothers in Albany. Then on to the park where we hiked along the Willamette River for a ride on the Wheatland Ferry. Janet read excerpts from Bill Sullivan’s book, Hiking Oregon’s History, which gave us more insights about Jason Lee’s life. Jason Lee was a Methodist Missionary who build the mission in 1834. He married Anna Pittman, a new missionary, in 1837. She and their infant son died the following year. New the viewing area, there is a monument and rose bushes from Anna’s roses. For several reasons, the site was abandoned a few years later and the missionaries developed a new settlement in Salem. On the loop back to the cars, we saw the framework of the first missionary post in Oregon and the largest black cottonwood tree. After lunch, we drove back down I-5 to Salem to the Mission Hill Museum where we took an informative tour of three 1840s home including where Jason Lee lived. It was a slow paced and relaxing day. There was one non-member in our group, Margot Fetz, who moved to Eugene two weeks ago. We hope to see her again on our hikes. Members on the trip were Mary Ann Holser, Barbara Schomaker, Michelle Tambellini, and co-leaders Leona Devine and Janet Jacobsen.

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