R.C. Geer Fruit Farm - Salem, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ddtfamily
N 44° 56.552 W 122° 48.435
10T E 515206 N 4976584
Quick Description: Geer family fruit farm, dating to 1848
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 10/17/2013 6:10:47 AM
Waymark Code: WMJA0J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Skyecat
Views: 2

Long Description:
The R.C. Geer fruit farm was founded by Ralph and Mary Geer in 1848, eleven years before Oregon became a state. It was originally a 640-acre donation land claim. R.C. Geer was a pioneer who crossed the plains from Illinois in 1847, bringing apple and pear seeds to establish the farm. The property was said to be the second donation land claim granted in the state of Oregon.

The main building is a provincial federal style structure and remains in good condition. There is an adjacent stone fruit cellar built before 1878. The 8-foot deep porch is a distinguishing feature of the house. The farmhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

R.C. Geer was a member of the Territorial Legislature and the farmhouse held meetings related to statehood in 1859. The first native-Oregonian governor Theodore T. Geer (serving from 1899-1903) frequently visited the farm.

The farm has been continuously owned and operated by the Geer family for 165 years.

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Physical Marker: yes

Additional Years of Recognition: 150+ years

Century Farm Website: [Web Link]

Retail Sales to the Public: Not Listed

Farm-fresh Products: Not listed

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