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
What do 15 dogs, a tortoise, two goats, a donkey, and a female cat named Uncle Kitty have in common? They were all blessed at the annual Blessing of the Animals in the Saint Francis Garden at the Little Log Church last month. It was a glorious October afternoon, and our well-behaved menagerie seemed to know something special was going on, just for them. We were especially delighted to see “Nellie Belle”, the rescue donkey-in-training, appear for her first blessing. Her human handler, Lauralee, should be proud of the fact that Nellie Belle has transitioned from a very shy, reclusive animal to a confident equine, almost ready to join the Yachats Trails crew. Never underestimate the power of a good blessing (or a carrot).
The Little Log Church is looking forward to participating once again in the annual Celtic Festival, held November 14, 15, and 16 throughout our village. We’ll host a couple of events that weekend, so be sure to check for dates and times. The Celtic musicians love to play and sing at the LLC&M, as they enjoy the intimate setting and the acoustics are wonderful. The place will be jumpin’! 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?