By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Stepping into history

The Joel Palmer House
The O.B. Rippey House
The Paul Londershausen House
The Mellinger House
The Lewis-Shippy House
The Victor Krause & Evonne Foshee House
The Mabee-Mayberry House

The self-guided walking tour will feature seven historic homes, all more than a century old, and a restored church. It is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

Tickets at $10 each are on sale now at Oregon Stationers and the Farmers Market in McMinnville. They also will be available the day of the tour at the newly restored First Baptist Church in Dayton.

Located at 301 Main Street, the church was built in 1886. It will feature a collection of historic photographs of Dayton.

YES is also planning to host a garden party afterward in the extensive garden at 421 Sixth St. Featuring fine wine and food from several local restaurants, it runs $20.

Tour coordinator Patti Webb said the society plans to organize a tour of historic Newberg homes next year.

The tours are a fundraiser for YES, a nonprofit dedicated to cultural enrichment in a variety of areas, including arts and education, food and agriculture, and history and community. Webb, who serves on the board of directors, said the tours are “about preserving our history and educating people about our history.”

The society received grants from the Yamhill County Cultural Coaltion to reproduce historical photographs for use in the tours. Kelly Haverkate of Dayton was responsible for this year’s set.

The Dayton tour will include:

  • The Joel Palmer House, 600 Ferry St., built by Dayton founder Joel Palmer in 1857. Palmer served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Oregon Territory. He went on to serve as speaker in the House of Representatives, and later as a senator. The house is one of the oldest classical revival buildings in the state.
  • The Lewis-Shippy House at 421 Sixth St., built in 1891-92 by farmer Benjamin Lewis as his retirement home. It is Italianate, with bungalow-style porches added in the early 1920s.
  • The Victor Krause & Evonne Foshee House at 414 Sixth St., built in 1901.
  • The Mabee-Mayberry House at 309 Seventh St., built in 1890.
  • The O.B. Rippey House at 523 Ash St., a Queen Anne residence built in 1890.
  • The Paul Londershausen House at 309 Main St., built in 1921 in the bungalow-style.
  • The Mellinger House at 414 Fifth St., erected in 1904 in the Queen Anne style.
  • First Baptist Church at 301 Main St., built in 1886 and recently restored by Bill Stoller of the Stoller Family Estate.

For more information about the tour, call Webb at 971-237-2360. To learn more about YES, visit yamhillenrichmentsociety.org.

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