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
“To everything there is a season”, so says Ecclesiastes. It seems that once our calendar page announced the first day of autumn, the air felt different, the rains began again in earnest, and even the birds sang in a different cadence. The animals know. They are so wise.
It is again time to thank the animals for the comfort, wisdom and pure joy they give to us. You are invited to bring your cherished charges – be they dogs, cats, lizards or llamas, guinea pigs or goats (on leashes or contained, of course) to the garden at the Little Log Church on Sunday, October 6th at 3:00 p.m. for our annual Blessing of the Animals. We will be by the statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is in early October. If it is not practical for you to bring your animal in person, a photo will do, or just write the name on a piece of paper. They will be honored, as will the wild creatures of the Earth.
We also have some sad news to report. A memorial service was held at the Log Church on September 24th for Chad Link, a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for the LLC&M for many years. Chad passed on September 19th. Chad and his wife Robin came to Yachats 15 years ago and soon began to give their energies and talents to our community in many ways.
One wouldn’t guess that the person sitting at the desk at the Log Church on Fridays had been a vice president for AT&T and served as a communications consultant in India. He would happily tell visitors about museum exhibits and local history, but probably didn’t reveal he dabbled in cartooning, played guitar, and was a fine woodworker. The two-seater Austin Healey and later the MR2 Spider parked across the street from the museum was one of his passions. And he could tell you the plot of just about any episode of Gunsmoke ever made.
Chad was preceded in death by his wife Robin, who died unexpectedly last year. We were happy that Chad was able to attend the dedication of the memorial plaque placed in the LLC&M’s garden in Robin’s honor just last August. He is survived by his children Cal, Kristi Monks, Donald, and Brian, and his seven grandchildren.
We feel privileged to have known Chad, and we’ll certainly miss him.
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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