Rich in cultural lore and stories about Douglas County’s founders, our region’s museums offer visitors a glimpse into history and an opportunity to explore local points of interest.
CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY OREGON MUSEUMS
DOUGLAS COUNTY MUSEUM 123 Museum Drive, Roseburg — The museum specializes in displays of nature and the county’s legendary past. Visitors can see the tools used by native people before Mount Mazama erupted to form Crater Lake and an exhibit on forest history of the area. People of all ages can learn about the Applegate Trail and the hardships endured by early settlers. See the live turtle and snake display and view the new exhibits featured throughout the year. Children are encouraged to enjoy exhibits through hands-on programs, including a pre-school exhibit called “Discover the Umpqua.” Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children free. 541-957-7007. Website: www.umpquavalleymuseums.org. Facebook: Douglas County Museum to get the latest updates.
FLOED-LANE HOUSE 544 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg — The house commemorates the life of Joseph Lane, a pioneer soldier and statesman. Lane was a commissioned Brigadier General during the Mexican War and also the state’s first elected U.S. senator from 1859 to 1861. In 1860 he was the Democratic candidate for vice president. During his final years, Gen. Lane lived near his daughter and son-in-law, John and Emily Floed. They owned the Floed-Lane House, which was built between 1866 and 1876. The general spent much of his time with his daughter. The home is now maintained by the Douglas County Historical Society. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment. Admission is free but donations are accepted. 541-673-0466.
NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY OREGON MUSEUMS
OAKLAND MUSEUM 130 Locust St. — This museum features the town’s history from the 1850s to the present, with exhibits including rooms typical of early Oakland homes, bank, post office, grocery store and more. The museum is open from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. daily except holidays. There is no admission charge; Oakland Museum is publicly supported and operated by volunteers. 541-459-3087. Website: www.historicoaklandoregon.com.
SOUTH DOUGLAS COUNTY OREGON MUSEUMS
PIONEER/INDIAN MUSEUM 421 W. Fifth St., Canyonville — The museum is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with group tours or genealogical research by appointment. The museum has information on South Douglas County, with special attention to pioneer life and artifacts of the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, who recently donated and built a plank house, as well. There is a display from the Riddle family, which platted the town of Riddle in 1882. The Pickett Building and the Matthews-Pickens Building are stocked with exhibits primarily related to farm implements. The Huckleberry Mine Building contains mining tools and equipment. There is also an outdoor display of logging items and a blacksmith shop. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. 541-839-4845.
WEST DOUGLAS COUNTY OREGON MUSEUMS
FORT UMPQUA 15850 Highway 38, Elkton — Fort Umpqua is a replica of a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading fort located along the Umpqua River in the 1830s and 1840s. It currently has two buildings, stockade walls and bastions. See extensive exhibits in the granary or trading post building, depicting the lives of fur trappers and early pioneers. Monthly events during the summer feature re-enactments. Students serve as tour guides and docents. Fort Umpqua Days are held each year during Labor Day weekend. Highlights include children’s activities and historical games at the fort site. The fort is open daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend and fort displays are viewable by appointment during other seasons. A special display of donated artifacts from the Hudson’s Bay Company era is maintained and available to view year-round in the Elkton Community Education Center library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. 541-584-2692.
UMPQUA DISCOVERY CENTER 409 Riverfront Way, Reedsport. The museum is an educational and cultural resource designed for people of all ages. Interactive exhibits and programs are featured to illustrate how land, water and people have influenced one another across the ages. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, June 1 to September 30; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 1 to May 31. Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m. year-round, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Call or check the website for admission rates. 541-271-4816, www.umpquadiscoverycenter.com.
UMPQUA RIVER LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM Six miles south of Reedsport, 1020 Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay, Oregon. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March, April, November and into December. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the last two weeks of December and the last week of March for “Whale Watching Weeks.” Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May through October. The lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation and the special 1st order Fresnel lens is maintained by Douglas County for the U.S. Coast Guard. The lighthouse buildings, grounds and museum are operated by Douglas County. Admission to the museum is free. Guided lighthouse tours are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, children age 3 to 5 are free. 541-271-4631, friendsofumpquariverlight.weebly.com. Facebook: Umpqua River Light.