Hoover-Minthorn House

The Willamette Valley & Wine Country

This house is where Herbert Hoover (the 31st president of the USA) grew up. Built in 1881, the restored home is now a museum of period furnishings and early Oregon history. Call ahead outside summer; hours vary, but appointments are possible during off-season.

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