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
This is a month for the Little Log Church to express gratitude double time.
First, to the wonderful people at January’s Yachats Agate Festival. Its Fifth Ever festival was a great success. Part of the festival included a fabulous raffle (truly the Powerball of all raffles) that included prizes such as a two-night stay at Ocean Creek Bed and Breakfast, many, many gift certificates from local merchants, and valuable items from businesses and restaurants in the Yachats, Florence, and Waldport area – amounting to well more than $900 worth of goods, certificates, and services. The grand prize ticket was held by a woman from Florence, who was absolutely thrilled by her prize.
And we too are absolutely thrilled at the LLC&M because we were the recipients of the proceeds of the raffle. Each year the Agate Festival contributes to a group or organization that shares its values of supporting appreciation of the natural beauty of our precious village. Among the goals of The Friends of the Little Log Church are to create an interpretive guide of local plants and trees on its beautiful grounds that are informative and fun for locals and visitors. We also would like to have a memorial pathway on that ground that acknowledges the dedication of those who have given their time and energy to the Little Log Church and the community.
We are pleased to say that the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce Agate Festival presented the Friends of the Little Log Church a check for $1142.00 as a result of the proceeds of the raffle. We are so grateful! Many thanks to all who contributed to its success! We will keep you informed of the progress in your City’s garden.
Gratitude number two: That will be the theme of the 2016 Wedding Vow Renewal event at the LLC&M on February 14th. This will be the 21st year we offer the opportunity for couples to renew their commitments on Valentine’s Day. Because of the popularity of this beautiful event we will be scheduling two times on that Sunday: 12 noon and 5:30 p.m. The topic will be “Gratitude”. This is a fund raising opportunity for us, and we suggest a donation of $10 per couple. Reservations are required. To make your reservation please call the events coordinator Mary Crook, 541-547-4547. She will want to know your names, telephone number, where you live, and how long you have been married or a committed couple.
As Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night: “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks. And ever thanks.”
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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