Welcome to The Troutdale Historical Society
The Troutdale Historical Society’s mission is to gather, preserve and make available material relating to the history of the community of Troutdale, the Sandy River, the Columbia River Gorge and nearby areas. We are committed to the stimulation of interest in, and knowledge of, the locality’s past. To find out more about us select here.
We maintain three museums, the Harlow House, a 112-year-old farmhouse; the Depot Rail Museum, a turn of the century railroad depot, complete with Caboose and gift shop; and a Barn Museum that houses our changing exhibits. Select here for current hours and contact information.
Current Museum Exhibits
The Harlow House presently features a collection of more than 300 egg cups and the displays usually change with the seasons. The Barn Museum exhibit is called “What Went By” and illustrates the history of Troutdale from its beginning as a city in 1907 until its centennial celebration in 2007. In 2011, as McMenamin’s Edgefield turned 100, a display of artifacts and photos were added to the Barn Museum from residents of what was the former Multnomah County Poor Farm. Among the exhibits visitors will find text panels, antique farming tools, a slide show of vintage photos, and murals by local artist Kathy Allegri. A wonderful collection of railroad memorabilia and tools is on display in the the Depot Rail Museum. You can download the Troutdale Historical Society Brochure by selecting here.