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The Pitney House Museum - 1871
Holly & 4th St., Junction City, Oregon
First Thursday 2:30-4:30 & Every Saturday 1:00-4:00
simple home built in 1871 was a gift from resident Mary Pitney who was
born , raised, and died in it at the age of 104. Since 1995 volunteers
from the Historical Society have be slowly restoring it. At the present
time work is still being done on the upstairs; but the downstairs is
nearly completed and features a room devoted to Danish historical
artifacts from Junction City's first settlers a cutaway of the home in the
kitchen so visitors can see how buildings were constructed in that time
period, and the living room furnished with Mary's original furniture..
Another room is filled with historical artifacts from Junction City's
In October of 1998 Junction City's first jail was identified in another part of town and it was moved to the Pitney property next to the house. Next to it a new arbor has been to hold vines planted from cuttings from her original concord grapes.
The Museum is normally open Thursdays
between 3 and 5, and every first Saturday between 1 and 4. It is
also open during the
Festival between 1:00 and 7:00.
About Mary Pitney...
Mary, about age 22
Mary in her yard, mid-1960's. Dressed for Festival.
|Mary Pitney (1891-1995) was the granddaughter of pioneers John and Elizabeth Pitney, who came by covered wagon over the Oregon trail and settled on a donation land claim just west of Junction City in 1853. The original land claim on Pitney Lane is still owned by family descendants. Mary's house was originally built as a town house for railroad workers. She was born and raised in the house and lived the later years of her life here. She was a school teacher, published poet, world traveler, and a humanitarian. She cherished her pioneer heritage, her town, the Scandinavian Festival, her church, and garden, and her many friends of all ages. She loved to sing and paint and used her many creative talents to furnish her home much like a museum and gallery. Upon her death at age 104, she bequeathed her home to the Junction City Historical Society. She was one of the founding members of the Junction City Museum, and requested that her house be used to display artifacts overflowing from the Museum.|