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205 Dorris Street - Springfield, Oregon
A historical Farm turned park. Dorris Ranch Living History Farm is one of the best walks in the area. It features grassy fields, orchards and woodland.
Dorris Ranch is used for several different activities. One is Kids Club Summer Camp. This is a place where elementary aged school kids go during the summer and take part in activities such as field trips, sports, and swimming. Another way that Dorris Ranch is used is by people who choose the ranch at wish to get married. The couple is able to rent out the barn, Pump House with picnic area, or Tomseth House. In fact anyone can rent out any of the facilities, whether it be for business or a family get together. In addition to renting out the ranch, a person can take a hike on the tour trail, which winds you around the orchards, river, barn and Dorris House.
Dorris Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Dorris Ranch, Springfield's unique living history farm, brings Oregon history to life. Established in 1892, this 250-acre park is Oregon's oldest working filbert farm.
Dorris Ranch is host to a variety of plants, flowers and birds. Come for a visit and enjoy a walk through this 250-acre historic site and natural area at your own pace with one of our self-guided tours.
Brochures with all the interesting facts, historical sites and a map of area paths are available at the entrance kiosk.
Dorris Ranch is open to the public weekdays and weekends from 6 a.m. till dusk for self-guided tours.
Dorris Ranch is recognized as the first commercial filbert orchard in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Oregon's history with filberts started in 1892 when George Dorris and his wife Lulu bought 250 acres of fertile land along the Willamette River and dedicated their lives to farming. After experimenting with a variety of crops, George established the first commercial filbert nut orchard in the United States. Over the next 50 years the Dorris family planted 9,200 trees at the ranch and harvested more than 50 tons of nuts each year.
Now, more than 100 years later, Dorris Ranch continues to make history as a fully-productive commercial filbert orchard. More than half of all the commercial filbert trees now growing in the U.S. originated from Dorris Ranch nursery stock.
Owned by the Willamalane Park and Recreation District, this 250-acre farm operates as a nonprofit organization.