Visit the Silverton area and explore the 7 Wonders of our amazing community!
Visit the stunning, 80-acre botanical garden that showcases the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest with more than 20 individual themed gardens. The mission of The Oregon Garden is to welcome and inspire all visitors with an appreciation for the extraordinary ecology of the Pacific Northwest, and to provide a meaningful educational experience for gardeners of all skill levels and ages. The Garden features 20 specialty gardens, including the Children’s Garden, Northwest Garden and Conifer Garden. The Oregon Garden is pet-friendly, open 7 days a week, 365 days a year and features a complimentary, narrated tram tour April—October. The Garden is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit overseen by the Oregon Garden Foundation.
Hike the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, which features the nine-mile Trail of Ten Falls plus 25 miles of back-country trails for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national—and international—stage. Its beauty, boundless recreational opportunities and historic presence keep it there. Nestled in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, less than ½ an hour from The Oregon Garden, the sprawling 9,200 acre property is the largest state park in Oregon, and one of the most popular.
The Gordon House is the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building open to the public in the state. Take a guided tour of the interior of the house and discover the theories and practices of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. While enjoying the house, you will learn the story of how an Oregon farm family commissioned Wright to design their new home, the near destruction of the home in 2000 and the rescue, dismantling, moving and reconstruction of the house in historic Silverton, next door to The Oregon Garden.
Taste the wine from more than 15 wineries in our area. The East Willamette Valley is home to more than 1,500 acres of vineyards, this quarter-century old wine growing region raises quality wine grapes for many of Oregon’s largest wineries. Here, you will encounter boutique, intimate winery experiences. Enjoy the ambiance that family-owned vineyards provide, each with its own unique environment, providing a touring region that has something for everyone.
Discover the last of Marion County’s original covered bridges, named for the bridge’s use as a “pigeon drop” for liquor at the north entrance. Operators at a liquor dispensary nearby sold whiskey by the gallon to Silverton residents who could not purchase it in town. After the bridge suffered considerable damage in a 1964 flood, the County Board of Commissioners decided it should be repaired and maintained as an historical landmark, which it remains to this day.
Uncover vivid history on the Silverton Mural Society’s self-guided tour. The 13 murals are located in historic downtown Silverton, all within walking distance of each other. They feature brilliant figures in Silverton history – famed cartoonist Honer Davenport, champion cowboy Doug Brown, Silverton-born astronaut Don Pettit, and even the brave Scotch collie, Bobbie. Other murals feature national and local moments in history such as, 9/11, Silverton Red Sox, and replicas of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.
Wonder at the soaring 200-foot steeple of the nearly 100-year-old St. Mary Catholic Church in Mt. Angel, just minutes from The Oregon Garden. Located in the center of town, other buildings seem to radiate from it, giving the town a sense of place and a charming ‘Old World’ feel. The Roman Catholic Church is reminiscent of the great Gothic churches of central Europe. High vaulted and ribbed ceilings, pointed arches, tall slender stained glass windows and ornate stenciling evoke a sense of awe at the beauty of its structure. Mt. Angel’s early Germanic pioneers brought this type of architecture, and like most churches in Europe built over the centuries, St. Mary Catholic Church was constructed by local craftsmen and laborers. The beautiful church bears over 105 years of rich history and is surrounded by well-kept grounds and a the charming German town of Mt. Angel.