East Linn Museum is a priceless treasure hidden in plain sight on the edge of Sweet Home. This little gem features a collection of several thousand artifacts, photos, documents and records dating back to 1852. Housed in a former church, the 3,000 square foot building provides plenty of space to wander through a variety of period rooms such as a pioneer kitchen, parlor or bedroom, as well as outdoor displays of logging, mining and farming tools and equipment.
History has it that when pioneers moving west in covered wagons found themselves in the foothills of the Cascades, surrounded by lush green woodlands and crystal clear waters, when they realized they had struck it rich in natural resources. They made this home, and it was oh, so sweet!
Linn County’s past is brought to life through the display of over 3000 items; this includes a large collection of antique cameras, telephones and antique firearms specific to the region. Countless items from dishes and musical instruments to the tools used by pioneers working the land, horse wranglers, blacksmiths and carpenters provide a glimpse into daily lives of those who founded Sweet Home.
The museum also has an extensive photo collection and files of documents which are frequently used by families researching their genealogy or by historians seeking information on the people or activities unique to this area. Visitors interested in additional or in depth research benefit from a cooperative relationship and information sharing with the Sweet Home Genealogical Society.
A visit to the East Linn Museum is like stepping into yesteryear; authentic artifacts allow visitors to realize the importance natural resources played when settling the Sweet Home area. Sweet Home citizens continue to strengthen their connection to the land, to the heritage and to the people who put down roots here by preserving this valuable asset. Since 1973, all work in maintaining and managing the 3,000 square foot museum is done completely through volunteer efforts.
Located at the intersection of Highways 20 and 228, admission to the museum is free; group tours can be accommodated however prior arrangements are required.
Thursday-Friday-Saturday 11:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday evening hours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
For additional information or to schedule a tour contact East Linn Museum (541) 367-4580