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
A bit of history: On February 14, 1996 nine couples came to the Little Log Church and Museum to renew their marriage vows. It was our first-ever group ceremony offering couples the opportunity to re-state their commitments to one another. As facilitator of that event (and, as a brand new minister, my own “first-ever” gathering of that type) I was delighted with the turn-out. The old pump organ was put into service for a few romantic tunes beforehand, played by a lovely organist with the delightfully euphonious name of Inez Lush. The ceremony lasted about thirty minutes, and our nine couples were enthusiastically appreciative. I was buoyant, and thought that perhaps this might be an annual event.
Inez came back the next year, and she and I witnessed more couples celebrate Valentine’s Day by renewing their vows. Longtime local residents Jack and Ellie Ewan were among those present, and Jack announced to the group that the Little Log Church was the only place where a couple could have their vows renewed by a Crook and a Lush.
The annual Valentine’s Day group ceremony of renewal and commitment at the Log Church has become a long standing tradition. This year, in fact, will be our 20th year of celebrating marriage, partnerships and personal commitments.
Folks have come to Yachats for a Valentine’s celebration from throughout Oregon, as well as other states. One year two couples from Indiana scheduled their vacations in February in order to include the Log Church in their plans. Another couple was “thinking about” getting married at the Log Church, and wanted to attend just to see what it was like. They were married later that year in our garden, and have returned to renew their vows every year for the last five years. Our numbers have increased to full capacity. For each of the last few years our little church has been host to between 25 and 28 couples.
Inez and her husband have moved out of the area, so we’ve had other organists play for us, as well as harpists and other instrumentalists.
Because this is a banner year for us, we’ve decided to hold two seating’s on Saturday, February 14th – one at 12 noon and one at 5:30 p.m. Local violinist Ruth Mock will play at the noon ceremony and Celtic harpist Khlo Brateng will play at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required, as seating is limited. Couples will be given a special certificate as a memento of the occasion. The museum suggests a donation to the Little Log Church of $10.00 per couple, still a bargain after all these years. To reserve a place, please call me, Mary Crook, at 541-547-4547.
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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