The rustic little building at the corner of Third and Pontiac Streets in Yachats has been a part of this coastal community for generations.
Built in the shape of a cross from local timber hauled down the Yachats River, the Little Log Church was completed and dedicated in 1930. It was served by ministers from the Oregon Conference of the Evangelical Church, and later by pastors from the Presbyterian Church. When the congregation grew too large for the little building, members built a new church a few blocks away, and the Little Log Church and property was sold to the Oregon Historical Society on the condition it be maintained as a museum. The site was deeded to the city of Yachats in 1986.
The building underwent a complete restoration in 1993, made possible by enthusiastic community support and the loving hands of volunteer workers.
Today the Little Log Church Museum houses a rich treasure of local historical artifacts as well as contemporary works on loan as exhibits. It is still regularly used for weddings, memorials, and special events in addition to fine arts exhibits.
Little Log Church and Museum
By Mary Crook, Events Coordinator
Picture it: December 1941. Bing Crosby just released his latest song, White Christmas. Only eleven years before Yachats had finally connected to electricity service. Lyman Myers was pastor at the Little Log Church at that time, and patrolled Highway 101 from Yachats to Florence in a secret search for Japanese submarines. His daughter, five years old at the time, said that she and her mother took cover under their kitchen table when there were air-raid drills, not knowing what to expect.
White Christmas became the greatest holiday hit of all time. It has been the holiday “comfort food” for so many of us.
Another comfort here in Yachats is the annual display of the simulated stained glass windows, hung on the east and west windows of the church each year. Completed as a project of the Yachats Garden Club members in 1986, the windows depict a nativity scene. They are made of typing paper, painted with old fashioned poster paint, and placed in black frames of roofing paper. They have held up all these years, rolled and unrolled very carefully by loving hands of volunteers.
We invite you to see the windows, and celebrate the annual opening of the “Yachats Winter Celebration” at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12th at the Little Log Church. Our honorable Mayor, Ron Brean, will make his official declaration of the season’s opening. The event will be followed by refreshments at the Yachats Ladies Club, with entertainment by the Sweet Adelines, another holiday tradition. Who knows: we may even hear a fabulous rendition of “White Christmas”.
Little Log Church & Museum 547-3976
Hours: 12 - 3 pm / M, T, W, F, S & S; Closed Thursday
328 West Third Street / PO Box 712, Yachats OR 97498
Director: Karl Christianson.
City of Yachats Museum Exhibits
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