630 Hawthorne SE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 585-9705
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The Lee Mission Cemetery, located in Salem, is touted to be one of the oldest cemeteries in the entire United States. It was established with the burial of local dignitary Lucy Thompson Lee. Renowned and noted, the crematory has more than 3500 documented burials. Efforts have been made on the part of civic groups and individuals to preserve and restore the graveyard.
Established in 1933, this is Oregon's oldest producing winery that produces a large variety of varietal wines, premium fruit wines, and specialty wines. A tasting room on site features Oregon foods and wine related gifts.
Historic Deepwood Estate is an apt name for this luxurious and beautiful sprawling place built in 1894. The estate was formerly built as a resident, however, after changing several hands, the place is now owned by the state. There are pristine lawns well kept and offer scenic views that are a perfect backdrop for weddings. The place has different halls well fitted for exhibitions, events and meetings as well. Named for the famed place in “Alice in Wonderland”, a beautiful events space, this venue is indeed filled with magical and mesmerizing beauty. To know more about the place check the website.
Martha Springer Botanical Garden is located on the grounds of the Willamette University. The waters of the Mill Race stream ramble through these scenic settings. A tribute to Professor Martha Springer, a Willamette University life scientist, the botanical garden encompasses 12 gardens within its area. Though this garden is a part of the university's campus, it is open to general public too.
The Waller Hall is a historic structure built between 1864 and 1867. Located on the campus of Willamette University, the hall has been constructed in the Renaissance style of architecture. The beautiful red brick structure is the oldest on campus and has undergone several restorations in the past. Today it is used by the administrative offices of the university. Owing to its historic importance, the hall became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Housing the state legislature, governor's office, and secretaries of state and treasury, the Oregon State Capitol was built between 1936 and 1937. The current building is actually the third capitol building for the state of Oregon, the previous two both having been destroyed by fire. A large portion of the Art Deco building is made of marble and features a large cylindrical cupola, which caused some aesthetic controversy at the time of its debut, topped with a golden statue of an Oregon pioneer. The dedication ceremony in 1938 was attended by President Franklin D. Roosevelt along with other prominent statesmen of the day. More recently, it is the first capitol building to produce its own solar power.
It's hard to miss the gleaming statue of a lumberjack crowning the regal Oregon State Capitol. The bronze statue, with a gold-leaf finish was installed in 1938 as part of the newly built capitol building. Sculpted by artist Ulric Ellerhusen, the massive 22 feet (7 meters) statue faced some degree of resistance when it was installed, but is now a proud part of the building, with the city having gilded it in gold four times since its inception.
Nestled to the south of Salem, Bush's Pasture Park offers a relaxing oasis from hectic urban life. Spread across 90.5 acres (36.62 hectares), this pasture functions as a botanical garden and a recreational park. The park is home to the Bush House Museum, that was once the abode of Asahel Bush, founder of a newspaper and a bank. The park features a rose bed, tulip garden and perennial flowering plants. Horse race tracks, jogging and hiking trails, bike paths, play areas and picnic tables make this park an ideal place to spend the day with family or friends.
Extraordinary organ music, beautiful sounds of the choir and stunning architecture are all top attractions of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Salem. The 185-foot (56-meter) spire makes this church one of the tallest buildings in town. Stained-glass windows, Gothic arches, pulpit and pews adds to its beauty.
The Chemeketa Lodge No. 1 Odd Fellows Buildings, also known as the Grand Theater and I.O.O.F. Temple, is a historic structure located in Salem, Oregon. Built in 1900, the theater has seen memorable performances by the likes of John Philip Sousa in its heydays. Today, the building is still well preserved and houses various establishments such as commercial spaces and stores. The exquisite ballroom in the building can be rented for events and other occasions. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Previously an opera house and subsequently a movie theater, The Historic Grand Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in the city. Built in the early 1900s, this theater is known for its splendid acoustics, which enhances the experience of listening to live music. Contemporary as well as classical music performances are scheduled here, and so are private events like wedding receptions and meetings. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
This wonderful carousel was handcarved and handpainted by community artisans and features 42 horses and two "Oregon Trail" wagons. An onsite artisans studio and shop offers authentic Salem Carousel art, posters, and wood carvings. Tours and private rentals are available.