Marci Sischo | 06/15/2021 | Arts and Culture, History

Historic Walking & Driving Tours in Corvallis

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

The tours below 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.

✨ May is Historic Preservation Month! Find Corvallis' 2022 Historic Preservation Month events here.

1. Atomic Ranch Neighborhood Tour

Find ranch-style houses, a uniquely American domestic architectural style that was popular during the 1940s through the 1970s, in several neighborhoods around Corvallis.

Learn more and download a free brochure.

2. Avery Helm Historic District Walking Tour

The Avery Helm Historic District is a mostly residential area near downtown Corvallis, Oregon. Located on several of Corvallis's earliest plats, the historic houses remaining in the district present a window into the domestic aspects of the city's development from 1870 to 1949.

Learn more and download a free brochure.

3. Benton County Driving Tours

These driving tours will guide you around Benton County to learn the history of our area and see some of the sights, including historic homes, one of the earliest known radio stations in Oregon, Camp Adair, and more.

Learn more and download free brochures.

4. Central Park Neighborhood Walking Tours

These tours will guide you around the neighborhoods near Corvallis' Central Park to see some of the lovely and historic old homes in the surrounding the area.

Learn more and download free brochures.

5. College Hill West Historic District Walking Tour

The College Hill West Historic District is a mostly residential neighborhood in Corvallis, Oregon that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. It features historic homes from the years 1916 to 1935.

Learn more and download a free brochure.

6. Corvallis Heritage Trees

Among the many natural resources in the City of Corvallis perhaps none is as ubiquitous and beloved as the city’s urban forest. Now the most stunning examples of that population are on display for the entire community to appreciate via an interactive map.

Learn more and get the map.

7. Franklin School Neighborhood and Trees Tour

This tour celebrates the magnificent trees in northwest Corvallis and will treat you to giant coast redwoods, a sweet olive, a towering catalpa, and more.

Learn more and download a free brochure.

8. Franklin Square Walking Tours

These two self-guided walking tour brochures that will guide you through the neighborhood surrounding Franklin Square Park, the oldest park in Corvallis, showcasing some of the unique old houses that are hallmarks of the area.

Learn more and download free brochures.

9. Historic Downtown Corvallis Walking Tour

This self-guided tour showcases historic buildings and locations around the downtown Corvallis area, which is the oldest part of town.

Learn more and download a free brochure.

10. Historic Sidewalk Markers Walking Tour

This tour is a guide to the locations of more than 25 historic sidewalk markers found in five neighborhoods around Corvallis, Oregon, including the downtown area, the Avery Helm Historic District, Central Park, Franklin Square, and the College Hill West Historic District.

Learn more and download a free brochure.

11. Rayburn Addition Neighborhood Walking Tour

Explore the area around the Rayburn Addition of Corvallis, featuring historic homes and offering a little history of each home.

Learn more and download a free brochure.

Photo: Horace and Nellie Francis House (built ca. 1924), by Ian Poellet (CC BY-SA 3.0). Keep up with Corvallis news, events and happenings by signing up for our email newsletter.

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