Formerly known as the Fox Granary, the Molalla Log House is an expertly-crafted primitive dwelling which may pre-date the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Believed by some to be the oldest structure in Oregon, the house was declared a Clackamas County historic landmark back in 1991. Restoration of the unique hewn log structure was sponsored by Restore Oregon and the Kinsman Foundation, but finding a permanent, protected site has proven difficult, and it’s been tucked away in storage since 2008.
Plans to install the Molalla Log House as a permanent exhibit at the Oregon Garden were recently scrapped. Now, the Molalla Area Historical Society (MAHS) is considering a new plan which could facilitate the structure’s return to Molalla.
MAHS President Iris Riley believes property her organization owns on South Molalla Avenue might be able to accommodate this important historic dwelling. Yet, she stresses there are many details to consider.
An MAHS meeting held earlier this month allowed members to express preliminary thoughts and concerns about Ms. Riley’s plan. Restore Oregon will post updates as discussions continue.