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
New Volunteers Welcomed
Welcome and a big thank you to our two new volunteers at the Little Log Church and Museum. Diane Ramirez and Katie Johnson recently joined our pool of volunteer docents. They were trained in the basics of Log Church hosting that included the nuts and bolts of museum procedures, a very brief history lesson, and where to go in our vast store of books, files and other collections to find out more about our rich history. As any of our volunteers can attest, learning about our area is a life-long process. Both Katie and Diane left without appearing to be daunted – a good omen!
Diane has lived in Yachats for just about one year. She has not hesitated to become immersed in the happenings in Yachats, as she helps out at the library, attends community events, and is one of the many hands that stuff the water bills and this newsletter at City Hall. She and her husband Kerry moved to Yachats from Huntington Beach, California. Kerry is the City Manager in Waldport. Diane is enjoying gardening and fixing up their home by the Yachats bay. She is eager about learning all she can about her new “birthplace”, and I’m sure will be an enthusiastic addition to our volunteer staff at the museum.
Katie and her husband David have owned property in Yachats for a number of years, but couldn’t make the permanent move to the place of their dreams until David could retire from his position as a seismologist at a university in southern California. Now they have finally settled into their home here, where they can spend time in their lovely garden and enjoy their view of the ocean. Katie is a member of the Yachats Ladies Club and is a creative craftswoman. She and David are also members of the local HHR/PT Cruiser car club, the Retro Road Gypsies, and enjoy cruisin’ with their car buddies. Katie is savoring the chance to learn more about the Yachats area, and is looking forward to greeting visitors to the LLC&M.
We are certainly happy to have both Katie and Diane on board! Welcome!
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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