People who wish to learn more about the history of the early European settlers in the Fort Rock area will now be able to do so as the Fort Rock Homestead Museum has opened for the season; the museum will be open through Oct. 3.

The museum was founded in 1988 and celebrates the history of the early farmers and ranchers who settled in the area. A collection of buildings which once stood in and around Fort Rock are now in one spot, and are open for people to walk through with self-guided tours.

When people first visit the museum they enter through the reception center which was built by local residents, and includes a gift shop and displays artifacts collected in the area.

One of the newest additions to the museum is the land office which was saved from a proposed development and moved to the museum. Other buildings include an office used by a doctor from the Silver Lake area, and by the only practicing physician during the 1918 influenza epidemic.

The museum will be open Thursday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, youths 6 – 17 are $3 and kids under five are admitted free. Credit cards are accepted. Face coverings are required when people are inside buildings.

The museum is located at 64696 Fort Rock Rd., Fort Rock.

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