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Historic farm offers activities to help people be pioneers for a day

by: Jim Hart At Eagle Creek’s Philip Foster Farm, newly appointed Clackamas County Commissioner Jamie Damon stands beside one of the original covered wagons that traveled the Barlow Road in the 1860s. Damon is president of the board of directors for the farm, which will have plenty of special family activities Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19.

Perched on the old Oregon Trail of the mid-19th century, the Philip Foster Farm is beginning its summer season with a host of family activities on Father's Day, June 19.

The historic 5-acre farm and its environs make it possible for anyone to be a pioneer for a day.

Staff members dressed in period clothing will help children of all ages learn what it was like to be a pioneer while building their own log cabin, shelling and grinding corn, washing clothes the old fashioned way and playing lawn games of times past. and #8232; and #8232;

Event Coordinator Rebecca Ortenberg is inviting area families to join the festivities, which include a variety of pioneer-inspired events such as apple bobbing and historic games plus live music, a historic wagon show and 'plenty of old-fashioned crafts that dad is sure to love,' Ortenberg said.

'All our usual farm activities also will be available,' she said, 'from tours of the Foster's 1883 home to cabin building, corn shelling and log hewing.'

The farm is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week until September and October when it is open only on weekends.

The Philip Foster Farm National Historic Site, owned and operated by the Jacknife Zion Horse Heaven Historical Society, is six miles southwest of Sandy, seven miles southeast of Boring and 14 miles northwest of Estacada.

The address is 29912 Highway 211, just north of Highway 224.

For more information, call Ortenberg at 503-637-6324, send an email to fosterfarm

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