Boom! Howitzers fire at Civil War reenactment July 4-6

Willamette Mission State Park

Photo: Zane Healy

Photo: Zane Healy

Experience the smoke and thunder of an American Civil War battle.  More than 700 reenactors will converge at Willamette Mission State Park to portray the realities of war in the 1860s. Your family can visit the camps of soldiers and civilians and experience their lives during wartime. Bring your lawn chairs or sit in the bleachers to watch artillery and cavalry demonstrations. President Abraham Lincoln will visit the camps and review the troops, as well as hold a town hall meeting Saturday.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors 55-plus and students through high school with student ID. Children under 6 receive free admission. Day-use parking is $5.

Battle and Demonstration Schedule

Time Days Demonstration
9 a.m. Daily Event opens to the public
Battalion dress parades (USA Camp, CSA Camp, Artillery Camp)
9:30 a.m. Sunday Church service
(Artillery Camp; Picnic Shelter if rain)
10:45 a.m. Daily Cavalry drill (Battlefield)
11 a.m. Daily Morning battle (Camps closed during the battle)
Noon Daily Artillery demonstration (Battlefield bleachers)
12:30 pm Daily US medical demonstration (USA Camp/Union Hospital)
1 p.m. Friday & Sunday Oregon during the Civil War (Picnic Shelter)
Saturday Abraham Lincoln speaks with Stephen Holgate (Picnic Shelter)
Saturday & Sunday Fife and Drum Corps field music (Between Battlefield and Artillery Camp)
2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Fashions of the Civil War (Filbert Grove)
Daily Third Brigade Band concert (Picnic Shelter)
3 p.m. Daily Afternoon battle (Camps closed during the battle)
4:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday CSA medical demonstration (CSA Hospital/Artillery Camp)
Camp presentations (Throughout the camps)
6 p.m. Friday & Saturday Camps close to the public




Archaeology students dig Champoeg dirty work

Tours in July and August

Champoeg State Heritage Area archaeology site

Be part of the action as Oregon State University (OSU) students excavate, recover, clean and catalog artifacts from the Robert Newell dig site at Champoeg State Heritage Area. Join ranger-led tours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 10 a.m., July 7-Aug. 15. The tours last 1½ hours and are free, although parking is $5.

OSU holds its annual summer archaeology field school at the old Champoeg town site along the Willamette River. Students will excavate an original cabin, possibly once inhabited by John Ball who established the first American farm west of the Rocky Mountains in the area. Later, the land was bought by Robert Newell and a portion became the eastern section of the town of Champoeg. The cabin dig will reveal the history of an early  Oregon settler community and thriving commercial hub.

Visit the Friends of Historic Champoeg website for additional archaeology information.

Need more information? Call Park Ranger Dan Klug, 503-678-1251, ext 222.

Grant’s Getaways: Underground Fort Stevens

Fort Stevens State Park

Grant’s Getaways — Pacific Crest Trail Logout

Look for Pacific Crest Trail volunteer, PCT thru-hiker and Oregon State Parks Ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser at minute 5. For more information about the trail or volunteering, visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association website.