Facility Access Information

Wheelchair Parking Location
Main parking lot, or call ahead to drive onto site.
Main Entrance
House and store have four steps with one rail,
Accessible Entrance
Narrow but usable ramps with one rail on store and house. Barn and cabin are on ground level, with a short walk on lumpy ground. Boardwalks extend for part of the way between most buildings.
Accessible Restrooms
All restrooms are accessible
Segways Allowed
Service Animals
Sitting Area Location
Benches located near all buildings, picnic tables under cover
Pre-Visit Information
Other Important Pre-Visit Information
This is a hands-on museum, where guests are allowed to touch the artifacts and engage in their own explorations. Our buildings are arranged to permit access for all guests. No glass cases or velvet ropes to keep you away from the experience.
If you call ahead, we may be able to steer you to specific events or plan for unique experiences for you and your group.
Galleries and Exhibits
Tactile or Multisensory Exhibits
1847 store, 1860's barn with corn-grinding, carpentry tools and crosscut sawing stations, pioneer laundry station, log cabin building with giant Lincoln logs, two 1847 reproduction log cabins (one whole, one climbable structure), 1883 pioneer home with working woodstoves. Working blacksmith shop.
Audio Exhibits
Audio talk-boxes around the farm explain the history of specific buildings.
Large-Print Materials
Signage around the farm shares the history of the site. Call ahead for large-print versions of brochure and tour information.
Tours and Scheduled Programs
Tours for groups of 30 or more are available April through October. Groups of any size can be accommodated from Father's Day to Labor Day. Our two-hour Pioneer Life Tour includes an introduction to the history of the site and hands-on activities that bring the pioneer experience to life for all ages and abilities. Visit the website reservation system, call or email us for more information. Group tours are docent-led.
Information about Programs and Upcoming Exhibits
You can find out about our regular and accessible programs from
Contact our office via phone or email.
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Media (You Tube) available for visitors participating in institutions online
Philip Foster established his land claim on the Oregon Trail in 1847, welcoming its weary travelers to enjoy the bounty of the new life they could have here in Oregon. Today the Jacknife-Zion-Horseheaven Historical Society welcomes you to experience pioneer life through hands-on activities and explorations of the 1847 reproduction store and log cabin, 1860's barn, and 1883 home built on his claim. Tour guides in period dress tailor the tour to your interests and share their enthusiasm for our local history. Grind corn, use a scrubboard and wringer, try out the crosscut saw, and build your own log cabin. Popular with all ages, our site is both real history and real fun.