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Rosemont Farm Smokehouse, Yamhill

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Rosemont Farm Smokehouse, Yamhill

Statistics

  • Location: Yamhill
  • Built: c. 1870
  • Architect: unknown
  • Designation: Century Farm
  • Significance: The smokehouse structure is an important example of food preservation techniques before the age of cold storage and refrigeration. With its high degree of physical integrity, it is likely eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

News and Updates

December 2014:

Stabilization complete; architectural finish work still to be completed

January 2014

Owners exploring options to turn property into bed and breakfast

June 11-14, 2013:

Arciform begins restoration work to be completed in Fall 2013

April 10, 2013

Restore Oregon awards $2,500 grant for building envelope rehabilitation work

January 12, 2013

Saving a Smokehouse

December 15, 2012:

University of Oregon graduate student Erika deBroekert prepares historic structure report on building

December 1, 2012:

Smokehouse stabilized and debris removed from interior.

November 28, 2012:

Restore Oregon staff and volunteers work to stabilize the smoke house under the supervision of Richard De Wolf of Arciform.

June 12, 2012:

Restore Oregon staff and expert consultants have evaluated the structure and are preparing an emergency stabilization and documentation plan.

History

The Rosemont Century Farm Smokehouse is located on a farmstead that was settled in 1846 just west of the town of Yamhill. One-hundred and sixty-six years after being settled, the descendants of the original farmers still live on the land, maintaining twenty-two acres of the original homestead, a farmhouse that dates to 1870, and the smokehouse from the c.1870 period.

The smokehouse stands as a rare and extremely important example of a once-common farm structure that has often been overlooked or dismantled in the modern upkeep of a property. The smokehouse stands on its original site and features its original footprint, siding, smoke holes near the peak of the gable, and two interior levels complete with meat hooks attached to the rafters.

Because meat curing was an important part of the daily life of the Euro-American settlers who came to Western Oregon, this structure helps tell the story of food preservation and local agriculture at a time when there is renewed interest in sustainable farming.

Why is it Endangered?

The smokehouse is in need of immediate stabilization due to the lack of a roof which has caused some severe deterioration in the southwest corner of the original structure. There is an addition to the west of this ailing corner that was used as a hen house until recent years.

The condition of the structure is in need of further assessment, but initial evaluation suggests that much of the building still stands in good condition and can be easily rehabilitated if the immediate structural issues are remedied in the southwest corner of the building. The collapse of this structure—unlikely now tht it has been stabilized—will severely hamper the ability to study and understand this once essential building type in Oregon.

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