Welcome to the Yamhill County Historical Society & Museum's website! 

 Step Back in Time . . . Explore Local History . . . Enjoy Your Visit . . . 


  The museum in Lafayette is open 10 to 4, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. 

The Heritage Center is open Saturday 10 to 3



Thanks to our volunteers who attended Volunteer Appreciation Night on May 12.  We thank you and the many others who help make the Yamhill County Historical Society a place where “history comes alive!”    VolunteerAppreciation2015.jpg 



Pioneer Camp 2015

Experience what life was like on an Oregon farm in the late 1800s. Join volunteers from the Yamhill County Historical Society in farming, working in the house, and making items needed by the family.

 When:  Each Tuesday starting June 23 and ending July 28 (6 weeks)

 Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

 Place: Yamhill Valley Heritage Center (Corner of Highway 18 and Durham Lane)

 Cost: $60 at time of registration. No refunds for days missed.

 Ages: 8-18  A limit of 10 participants

 Some activities students might participate in:

  • Working in the garden
  • Making soap
  • Building a birdhouse
  • Sewing on a treadle machine, sewing on a button, hemming a hanky
  • Working with farm animals
  • Carding and spinning wool, knitting
  • Embroidering, making a rug, or lacemaking
  • Playing old fashion games

Activities will be designed around the age and gender of those attending. 

Click here to download a Pioneer Camp Application Form 




Heritage Bricks and the Flag Monument

Imagine a new brick pathway inviting visitors to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. Your name, your family's name, or an honored loved one's name can become a part of Yamhill County history. These engraved Heritage Bricks will be incorporated into various architectural projects, such as walkways, walls, and the base of a flag pole already erected at the Heritage Center. For a donation of $100, your brick will be engraved to your specifications and become a permanent part of the Heritage Center, creating an amazing tribute to our ancestors, town fathers, loved ones and Yamhill County families. With your donations, you partner with us in building the future of our society. See the Order Form for details.





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