The Floed-Lane House
The 1853 Floed-Lane House in Roseburg is home to the Douglas County Historical Society and serves as a house museum, hosting rotating collections of local historical artifacts. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and is one of the oldest houses is that part of the state.
News and Updates:
Restore Oregon staff visit with local partners of the Floed-Lane House
November 13, 2015
Listed as one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places
The home was built on the original Donation Land Claim parcel of Aaron Rose, founder of Roseburg, in 1853. John Creed Floed, a prominent local businessman, bought the house in 1866, and he and his wife finished construction of the original building “to their own taste” nine years later. Floed was married to Emily Sarah Lane, a daughter of General Joseph Lane.
General Lane was appointed by President Polk to be Oregon’s first Territorial Governor in 1848, and later served as the new state’s first United States Senator. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 1861 election, ultimately claimed by Abraham Lincoln’s Republican ticket. The General spent considerable time at the house during his later years.After the death of Mr. Floed, Emily sold the home to her brother, Simon R. Lane, and the house remained in the Lane Family until it was deeded over to the Douglas County Historical Society in 1962.
Why it’s Endangered
Current and long term threats to the home include inadequate funding and flagging membership in the historical society, leading to deferred maintenance and the lack of a sustainable vision. If the historical society becomes unable to maintain the home, it is, by contract, to be returned to Lane family heirs.
At present, the home is in need of repair and selective replacement of the deteriorating front porch, replacement of non-functioning window shutters, fresh exterior paint, and pest control. The historical society is in need of assistance to secure funding for necessary structural repairs and ongoing maintenance, as well as long-term strategic planning guidance to ensure the ongoing viability of ownership.