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Fort Yamhill State Park

Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area: Connecting Place and People

Established in the mid-1800s to regulate the eastern border of the Grand Ronde Agency Coastal Reservation, Fort Yamhill tells a national story as well as a Northwestern one. It tells the story of settling the west, of what happens when one culture displaces another and of the early days of the Oregon frontier.  All planning work for the property has been done in partnership with OPRD and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, reflecting a shared vision for the site.

This important historic preservation project will restore and reconstruct one of Oregon’s most significant cultural and historic sites—Fort Yamhill—providing present and future generations with opportunities to experience and learn about this notable place and time in Oregon and United States history.

Oregon State Parks Foundation helped to secure funds for the first phase of this multi-phased project.  The first phase included archaeological investigations and restoration of the existing officer’s quarters- the only remaining building on the site, believed to house General Philip Sheridan from 1857 to 1861.  Secured funding allowed the Officer’s Quarters to be repaired, strengthened and restored to its original configuration.

Future phases will include a visitor’s center, ghost structures showing the locations of other structures, replication of the blockhouse and general protection and identification of archeological features – ultimately making Fort Yamhill Oregon’s first “archeological state park”.