Built in 1892, the Evangelical Church of Lafayette served its congregation until 1970, when it became the home of the Yamhill County Historical Museum. Known today as the Poling Memorial Church, in memory of the Rev. Charles Cupp Poling, Ph.D., and his wife Savilla, the simple, yet elegant Queen Anne-structure is a treasured artifact and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Visitors exploring the Church will find displays of local doctor’s and dentist’s equipment, an early school room, a pioneer bedroom sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a parlor containing early 20th century furnishings. Visitors will discover an 18th century clock with wooden gears, a display of photography equipment, a wonderful collection of dolls, Yamhill County memorabilia dating to the late 19th century, and a giant pickled cucumber once featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not!