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Guest Author | 04/26/2024 | History, Spring

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in Benton County

Did you know that Corvallis was originally called Marysville? It was changed in 1853 to avoid confusion with a California town of the same name. The new name was chosen to represent how people feel about this area - its Latin translation is “Heart of the Valley.” This May, take an adventure to the heart of Willamette Valley to see Corvallis in a new way - by exploring historical sites and activities offered during National Historic Preservation Month.

Benton County Historic Resources Preservation Commission's 2024 theme for celebrating this month is “Trails Through Time,” which includes the often-overlooked narratives of women, queerfolk, and people of color; the forgotten and seldom told story of Oregon's “Trail of Tears;" and more.

Enjoy walks down memory lanes with guided tours of historic sections of town. Take in the fresh outdoors with a memorial garden or hikes in natural areas while learning their past stories. Make learning about historical places and events an adventure this May.

👉 Download a .pdf schedule of events for Historic Preservation Month.

2024 Historic Preservation Month in Corvallis, Oregon

The Benton County Historic Resources Commission is organizing free tours, events, and activities throughout May and beyond.

This year's Historic Preservation Month also has some events scheduled in Albany. For more information on these events, download the complete schedule of events (.pdf).

  • May 3, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.: Preserving Your Family Photos at the Albany Regional Museum with Collections & Exhibits Manager Amy Bozorth
  • May 7, 6 p.m.: First Avenue History Walking Tour, leaving from Burkhart Square in Albany (Free, with a suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Monteith Historical Society)
  • May 8, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.: Historic Windows and Doors? Oh My! with Chris Gustafson, owner of Vintage Window Restoration LLC, at the Albany Regional Museum
  • May 8, 6 p.m.: Second Avenue History Walking Tour, leaving from Burkhart Square in Albany (Free, with a suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Monteith Historical Society)
  • May 11, 9:30 a.m.: Albany Tweed Ride, leaving from the Natty Dresser in Albany
  • May 11, 10 a.m.: Historic Albany Streetcar Tour, meeting at the Albany Regional Museum
  • May 11, 11:30 a.m.: Historic Albany Streetcar Tour, meeting at the Albany Regional Museum
  • May 11, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.: Cumberland Church 132nd Birthday Celebration and Open House at the Cumberland Church in Albany
  • May 14, 3 p.m.: SE Young & Son Department Store Building Tour at the Natty Dresser in Albany
  • May 22, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: History Through Headstone - Historic Linn County Medicine: A Family Pursuit at Riverside Cemetery
1. Historic Walking & Driving Tours in Corvallis

Explore Corvallis and Benton County and discover our history with a variety of self-guided walking and driving tours!

The tours here will guide you around various areas of Benton County and Corvallis, showcasing historic homes and locations, and offering a little background on each stop. Most of these tours were designed for walking, but can be driven as well - although you might want to bring a friend to help you navigate as you drive.

Find self-guided historic walking and driving tours here.

2. A Historic Look at Corvallis' Second Street, Part 1

Treat yourself to a self-guided walking tour that leads you from SW B Avenue to SW Adams Avenue on Corvallis' historic Second Street.

Take the Tour.

3. A Historic Look at Corvallis' Second Street, Part 2

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour that leads you from SW Adams Avenue to SW Madison Avenue along Corvallis' historic Second Street.

Take the Tour.

4. A Historic Look at Corvallis' Second Street, Part 3

Explore Corvallis' historic Second Street on this self-guided walking tour that leads you from SW Madison Avenue to NW Jackson Avenue.

Take the Tour.

Article by Stacey Newman Weldon. Keep up with Corvallis news, events and happenings by signing up for our email newsletter.

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