Who brought the first fruit trees to Oregon?
Find out Feb. 20 at Champoeg
Cherries, peaches, pears and apples are revered Willamette Valley fruit both now and in the past. In 1847, early Oregon settlers welcomed Henderson Luelling who brought more than 700 one-year-old grafted fruit trees from Iowa to the area. He then established a nursery in 1848 near Milwaukie, which became the source for many homestead orchards in the Oregon Territory.
The Manson Farmstead at Champoeg State Heritage Area may have grown some of his apples making the park the perfect stage for sharing Luelling’s story. Join Interpretive Park Ranger Daniel Klug at the park auditorium Feb. 20, 2016, from noon to 2 p.m. to learn more about the father of Oregon fruit trees.
The presentation also includes the history of Oregon agriculture by Ben Williams, president of the Friends of French Prairie. He will share a historical survey with the focus on French Prairie, including Native American traditions, settler practices, and the transition to modern farming.