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
There are a few patches of daffodils a-bloom in the garden at the Little Log Church, along with other teasers of springtime. We cut a few to place in a small vase on the lectern for our annual Valentine’s Day vow renewal last month. We had a record attendance for our 19th year. Our Celtic harpist, Khlo Bretang, performed elegantly. One couple travelled from Cameron, Missouri for the event; another from Vancouver, Washington re-visited to celebrate the 28th anniversary of their Valentine’s Day wedding at the LLC. Next year will be the 20th year the Log Church has hosted renewals. It promises to be a grand celebration for our little museum and for Yachats.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 22nd at 4:00 p.m., when the LLC&M will host its second “speak-and read” by award winning writer Bruce Holland Rogers, of Eugene. Bruce will be a judge for the second annual short story competition sponsored by Isabella Dog Biscuits – perhaps you’ve seen the announcements for the contest around town. Last year the entries were limited to 500 words. This year the rules are: the story must be no more than 1000 words, and a dog must appear somewhere in the story. Deadline for entries is March 8th. The winners will be awarded $25.00, and be able to read their stories at the LLC&M on March 22nd, to the huzzahs and applause of those in attendance, and the stories will be published on Isabella’s website. For more details go to Isabelladogbiscuits.com
Bruce Holland Rogers has taught creative writing in Hungary and Finland, and has been to Japan to do story research under a Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship. His stories have been translated into over two dozen languages and have won two World Fantasy Awards, Two Nebula Awards, and a Pushcart Prize.
He is on the permanent MFA faculty at the Northwest Institute for Literary Arts. We are honored to have him return to Yachats. He is a fine writer and a very engaging speaker.
So whether or not you decide to test your skill at short story writing (a 1000 word limit is quite a challenge), you are sure to enjoy hearing this accomplished writer tell his own story. We’re sure it will be a doggone good afternoon. Hope to see you there!
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
What happened at the Little Log Church last year?