Visit Salem Oregon for an unusual photo exhibit--ghostly residences!

Going to be in or near Salem, Oregon, sometime before July 31, 2010?  How about a stop at the Archives Gallery in the Oregon Archives Building?  Images of "ghostly houses" dating from 1859 taken by modern photojournalist Daniel Ray will be on display in the gallery as part of Oregon's 150th birthday celebration (also called Oregon's Sesquicentennial).

The gallery is open daily Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.  The exhibition closes on July 31, 2010.  The Oregon Archives Building is located at 800 Summer Street NE in Salem.

Brunk House near Dallas Oregon.  Photo by Daniel Ray and Courtesy of The OregonianHere are some of the 13 historic homes on display in the exhibit:
  • Montieth House, in Albany.
  • Watson House, near Philomath.
  • Baker Cabin, in Carver.
  • Bybee-Howell House, Sauvie Island.
  • McLoughlin House, in Oregon City.
  • Brunk House, near Dallas (pictured).
  • Oregon State Hospital, in Salem.

As quoted by The Oregonian writer Ruth Mullen, Daniel Ray states, "Some of the Oregon homes I photographed may be gone in the next few years," Ray said in a statement. "It is still possible to visit most of these ghostly residences that were built before the Civil War."

Now, to make this a real outing, how about skipping the Salem Oregon hotels and staying at one of three Oregon Bed and Breakfast member inns near Salem.  Two of these bed and breakfasts might even have "ghostly" presences of their own!

Historic photo of the Feller House Bed & Breakfast.  A great alternative to Salem Oregon hotels when travelling in the Willamette Valle of OregonThe Feller House is only 22 miles outside of Salem in a lovingly restored late-1860s farmhouse.  This historic photograph (at right) gives you an idea of what it looked like in the 1860s.  Owners Barb & Arnie are anxious to show you their loving restoration of this historic home.  Two fine guestrooms and a wholesome breakfast await you each morning. 

Think there are ghosts at the Feller House?  You'll just have to decide for yourself after a night's stay!

Historic photograph of the Independence House Bed & Breakfast in Independence OR not far from Salem Oregon hotelsAnother historic Oregon bed and breakfast not very far from Salem Oregon hotels is the Independence House Bed & Breakfast in Indepdence, Oregon (pictured at left).  This home was built in 1895 and is both completely restored and on the National Register of Historic Places.  Innkeeper Cheryl Gaston can show you how this house has been restored.   Three lovely restored guestrooms await you.

Is the Independence House occupied by ghosts?  Cheryl mentions clinking beer glasses in the dining room, but decide for yourself!

Hopewell Bed and Breakfast as an alternative to Salem Oregon hotels Photo by Hopewell B&BAnother Salem Oregon hotels option is the Hopewell Bed & Breakfast (pictured at right) located a bit farther out from Salem, but a great jumping off location for exploring the Willamette Valley.  This farmhouse is much more "modern" (hey, built in 1927!) than the other two bed and breakfasts near Salem Oregon, but still provides charm and that great Oregon innkeeper hospitality.  Give Mike or Penny a call and pay a visit to their 12-acre farm.

Whatever you decide to do, remember that Oregon Bed & Breakfasts offer some of the best lodging in Oregon and make a great alternative to Salem Oregon hotels when staying near the Oregon capital!

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