Permanent exhibit & sod house



The replica of the house exhibit was copied from a picture of an early Lane County residence, built by the N. R. Owens family. The porch was constructed from various pieces from early homes. The porch posts are from the Joe Dickinson place dating 1907. The fancy trim on the front came from the Dayton Schmalzried home, which is believed to be one of the oldest homes, as it was built in 1886. The base board came from a Lane County home that dates approximately 1950. Notice the carbide light which was used in the early 1900s.

3 necessities for settling the plains


The windmill, barbed wire fencing and  the railroads all played an important part in the early development of the area. Windmills appeared during the 10th century as man's first source of natural power was undertaken

Sod Dugout


This sod dugout houses the Lane County Bachelor.  Information concerning the sod dugout and the bachelor is available at the front desk. The Lane County Bachelor mannequin was done by Mike Burnett of Hollywood, California and adds a sense of realism to the display. A song about the bachelor can be heard by pushing the button.

Lane County Museum Sod House


Sod house built in 1961 by local farmers as the first Lane County Historical Society Museum. Still open for visitors to stop by and walk through. 

As well as the  main museum there is no admission to visit the museum.