The camp will be held at White River Station Campground along the Oregon Trail in the beautiful Cascade Mountains. Admission is free. On September 12 the camp will open at noon. Normal hours for the public are daily from 9 AM to 4 PM.
The pioneer living history camp is along a river crossing on the Barlow Road, the last overland section of the Oregon Trail. It is set up to look like an 1840’s pioneer camp complete with a covered wagon, trunks full of everyday goods, tin ware, period dishes, cast iron Dutch ovens, bags of dried foods, and much more. Interpreters, mainly volunteers, dress in pioneer clothing, live in tents, and cook their meals over a fire during the week and a half experience, and conversations with the interpreters will bring the pioneer story to life for visitors.
There will be five stations full of pioneer activities highlighting pioneer life from wool carding to flint and steel fire making. New program coordinator this year is Emily Black. Emily is from the Maupin area and has volunteered the past few years.
Pioneer camp has fun activities for visitors of all ages, but most camp activities are designed for kids aged between 8-12 years old. There will be a collection of children’s toys from the period to try out, Dutch oven cooking, a tree that was 100 years old when the pioneers passed by, butter making with a dasher churn, rope making, and an actual archeological dig that shows genuine pioneer artifacts that have been found at this site.
The display is outside and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. There is plenty of room for parking and the road is passable for school buses. Schools can visit for 1-day organized field trips during the week. Scout groups are also welcome. To sign up for an organized field trip, call (541) 467-5153.
The campground where the event takes place is located along Forest Service road 3530. For more information or directions, contact at the Barlow Ranger District at (541) 467-2291.