The Douglas County Historical Society announces on November 13th that the Floed-Lane house has been nominated for the 2016 Oregon’s Most Endangered Places list.
The Douglas County Historical Society thanks Restore Oregon for this vote. As sad as it is that, the house made this list, we are looking forward to meeting with the Restore Oregon experts and mentors and working with them to put this House Museum on a strong footing for the future of our community.
From the Restore Oregon (restoreoregon.org) website:
“From Oregon Trail pioneer homesteads to the former home of a black suffragist, these unique places tell the story of who we are.
Nominated by people across the state, our annual list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places spotlights their value as cultural and economic assets. We then bring together rehabilitation expertise, resources, and local support to revitalize these properties so they can again contribute to their communities and be passed forward to future generations.
Since 2011, over $35,000 in Restore Oregon seed grants have been awarded for preservation plans, National Register nominations, and physical restoration projects.
The Most Endangered Places program is a keystone project for Restore Oregon. This year we have changed our format – the list will be a rolling list.”
This year Douglas County has two entities on the list. New to the list is the Floed-Lane House. And carried over from last year is the Mildred Knipe House in Oakland.
Here is what the website says about the Floed-Lane House:
“The Floed-Lane House
The 1853 Floed-Lane House in Roseburg is home to the Douglas County Historical Society and serves as a house museum, hosting rotating collections of local historical artifacts. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and is one of the oldest houses is that part of the state.
The home was built on the original Donation Land Claim parcel of Aaron Rose, founder of Roseburg, in 1853. John Creed Floed, a prominent local businessman, bought the house in 1866, and he and his wife finished construction of the original building “to their own taste” nine years later. Floed was married to Emily Sarah Lane, a daughter of General Joseph Lane.”
Again, many thanks to Restore Oregon. The board of the Douglas County Historical Society now sees the glimmer of light, with the hope that comes with this announcement. With the publicity that this opportunity brings we hope that we will get much needed volunteers to help us run the museum, apply for grants, and otherwise, lead our community and neighborhood to a brighter future. We hope that contractors will donate time and materials to replace the front porch, as well as help us make other much needed repairs.
We at the Douglas County Historical Society, also hope that we will have many new visitors to the museum. We are open weekends from 1 to 4 at 544 SW Douglas St, (Behind Oregon Tool) in Roseburg. This is your museum. Please come and visit and view a slice of time, and your heritage.