Address: 115 South River Street, Newberg, OR 97132
Telephone: (503) 538-6629
Open: March through November, Wednesday through Sunday: 1::00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
December and February, Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed: January and holidays.
Directions: 24 miles south of Portland on Highway #99.
The Hoover-Minthorn House was built in 1881 by Jesse Edwards and is the first residence built and still standing in what is now Newberg, Oregon. For the years 1885-1889, the house was the home of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.
The house is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Oregon. Architecturally, the house reflects Jesse Edwards, the Quaker entrepreneur. It is also very much an 1882 Willamette Valley vernacular house--an expression of rural taste, a less sophisticated country cousin of the grander houses being built in Portland. In overall design, the house is Italianate. Its eclecticism comes from other features--an example of fashion in the midst of change.
The furniture in President Hoover's bedroom is the actual set he used as a boy. Other furnishings in the house were gathered from homes in the countryside around Newberg and from the Friends Pacific Academy.