The Yamhill Enrichment Society is hosting a Dayton Historic Home Tour on Saturday, August 17th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a Garden Party from 4 to 6 p.m. Guests can tour seven Dayton houses and a historic church and learn about their history, architecture, and craftsmanship. More details can be found on the YES website, with details about the homes featured on the self-guided tours. The Garden Party is at Martha Goodrich’s home and showcases local Dayton area wineries and restaurants. Tickets are $10 for the tour and $20 for the Garden Party and can be puchased at the First Baptist Church in downtown Dayton the day of the event, or pre-purchased at Seufert Winery, the McMinnville Farmer’s Market, and Oregon Stationers in downtown McMinnville.
A new interpretive marker was recently installed at Dayton’s historic Courthouse Square Park to honor Dayton’s founding father, General Joel Palmer, and to depict the Fort Yamhill Blockhouse’s relocation journey. General Palmer donated the land for Courthouse Square Park, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To celebrate him, the blockhouse was moved from Grande Ronde. The Fort Yamhill Blockhouse has been in Courthouse Square Park for over 100 years.
This project was supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The City of Dayton provided matching funds for the grant.
The community is invited to the dedication of the new Oregon Historical Marker in Courthouse Square Park on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Thanks very much to the volunteers at Oregon Travel Experience, the City of Dayton and the Dayton Community Development Association for this wonderful new addition to the park that will share Dayton’s heritage with visitors and residents.