Willamette Mission State Park
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
|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|
Tours in July and August
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.