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November
23

Experience Albany's Historic Districts

Albany Historic Districts

There's so much history to be discovered in Albany and Corvallis, from fascinating museums to the many historic buildings which have been preserved into the present day. Albany's historic districts each offer something unique to see, including historic homes, businesses, and museums that tell the story of how the community has developed over centuries. Our real estate agents have the details on what to expect from Albany's historic districts and attractions.

Monteith District

The Monteith brothers were Scottish immigrants who moved to Oregon from Albany, NY, and played a key role in starting the city of Albany, OR, that we all enjoy today. The Monteith District, which bears their family name, is home to the Monteith House museum, which showcases the history of both the family and the community they helped start, all housed in a beautifully, authentically restored historic home.

Nearby, you'll discover the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum, the perfect place for getting kids interested in local history. The carousel is historically accurate to the period when it was first built more than a century ago and has been updated with hand-carved, hand-painted wooden animals. After the kids have had their fun riding the carousel, be sure to check out the museum and gift shop, which are located at the same site.

This district is also where you'll find some of Albany's most spectacularly designed historic churches, with the English Gothic-style United Presbyterian Church, as well as the towering spires and Carpenter Gothic design of the Whitespires Church, which was constructed in 1891. You can download a guided walking tour of the Monteith District, provided by the Albany Visitors Association, to ensure that you get to visit every interesting landmark.

Hackleman District

The Hackleman District is largely a residential district, though it is home to St. Paul's Methodist Church, the earliest church building in Albany that's still in existence today. The big highlights in this district, however, are the spectacular historic homes that were built here. The Chamberlain House, the historic home of former Oregon Governor and Senator George Chamberlain is still known as the tallest home in Albany. The Ralston House, located across the street, is known for its stained-glass windows and ornate design, while the Goltra House was the first plaster-walled house in the city.

Downtown Commercial District

The Downtown Commercial District features one of the largest concentrations of historic buildings in Albany, which is no surprise since this is where the Monteith brothers opened the community's first general store. Today, the Downtown Commercial District features historic homes and businesses built from when the community was settled in the 1840s through the early 1900s. Notable buildings include the Flinn Block, constructed in 1887, the Straney & More Livery Stable, built in 1892, along with many other buildings converted into present-day homes and businesses.

Airport District

In addition to its diverse collection of historic homes and businesses, Albany is also home to the oldest airport in the Northwest and one of the oldest in the world. First established in 1909, a few short years after the Wright Brothers' flight, the Albany Municipal Airport has been in continuous operation ever since. It's also the only airport in Oregon listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by to see the historic airport, learn more about its stories, and see the classic A-4 Skyhawk fighter jet that's on display.

Ready to write the next chapter of your own history in Albany? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Albany area.

August
22

Get to Know Downtown Albany

albany oregon

While downtown Albany is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it offers a vibrant present and future! Much like Corvallis, Albany's Willamette Valley neighbor, the city has retained downtown's classic charm while incorporating art, restaurants, and other contemporary features.

Our real estate agents take a look at some of the places and events that make downtown Albany a must-see location for locals and tourists alike.

  • Antiques in the Streets & Classic Car Show - Broadalbin St., Albany, OR 97322
    Turn back the hands of time at the 23rd annual Antiques in the Streets & Classic Car Show. Upwards of 50 vendors will be on hand with glassware, clothing and accessories, jewelry, and other vintage items. Get some great photos of the whole family alongside more than 100 stunning classic cars lining the streets up the Promenade to the Courthouse. When it's lunchtime, you're within walking distance of great downtown restaurants along with the farmers' market. Proceeds from this year's show benefit the Albany Fire Fighters Community Assistance Fund. The show takes place Saturday, September 10, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Albany Antique Mall - 145 SW 2nd Ave., Albany, OR 97322
    Founded in 2009, the Albany Antique Mall is still in its teenage years, but the merchandise on display dates back over the last century. With more than 25,000 square feet of selling space across two stories, the mall accommodates a fascinating variety of items to fit any interest. Furniture, books, Depression glass, and toys are just a few of the categories on display. The Vintage Boutique is the Willamette Valley's top source for vintage clothing, footwear, and accessories for men and women. Visitors from around the world stop by for incredible bargains. The mall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Albany Regional Museum - 136 Lyon St. S, Albany, OR 97321
    There are many ways to connect with Albany's past in the downtown area! Albany Regional Museum is home to an array of exhibits exploring Albany's past and offers interactive elements that kids, in particular, will enjoy. Be sure to check out their website for the latest information on current exhibits. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Albany Civic Theater - 111 First Ave. W, Albany, OR97321​
    Living near downtown Albany means you don't have to travel far for live theater! Now in its 71st season, Albany Civic Theater has delighted theater patrons for decades. Plus, the theater allows you to buy individual tickets or take in the full season with a season pass. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m., with matinee shows starting at 2:30 p.m.

  • Local Restaurants in Albany
    After walking around downtown, you've probably worked up an appetite! Luckily Albany has fantastic local restaurants to choose from, and many of them reside in the downtown area. With a mix of bistros and cafes, you'll have options for either a delightful sit-down or carry-out meal. Here are a few local options to get you started.  

Whether you're looking for Albany homes for sale or Corvallis homes for sale, we've got you covered. Contact us at Valley Brokers to get started.

August
15

Get to Know Downtown Corvallis

Downtown Corvallis

At a time when many downtown areas are declining due to the appeal of the suburbs, Corvallis and Albany are bucking the trend. Both cities have received awards for successful revitalization of their downtown areas

Its thriving downtown is one of the factors that landed Corvallis in the top 15 of Liveablity.com's best small to mid-sized cities to live. Our real estate agents know there is something for everyone in the downtown area.

  • Corvallis Farmers' Market - 1st & Jackson, Corvallis, OR 97330
    No need to travel outside the city for fresh produce. Head downtown to the Corvallis Farmers' Market for a full assortment of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs, from basil to zucchini. Fill your shopping bags with artisan baked goods, specialty gourmet foods, and other delicious products. For added convenience, order online for pickup at the pet-friendly market. Hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday through November 23.

  • The Majestic Theatre - 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97330
    Movies thrill with their larger-than-life images, but the intimacy of live theatre creates a special type of energy. The Majestic Theatre, which celebrates its 109th anniversary this year, started out as a vaudeville house. Today, the theatre hosts productions of top shows, such as Elf: The Musical, along with musical performances, workshops, and special events. Visit the website for current schedule and ticket prices.

  • Corvallis Fall Festival - Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Who says outdoor festivals are just for summer? Corvallis Fall Festival keeps the fun going while the leaves are dropping. Beautiful Central Park, with its proximity to downtown and the Oregon State University Campus, has been the festival's home since its inception in 1973. The Art Discovery Zone, where families can create their own masterpieces, makes a welcome return in 2022. Other activities include live music, a 1K/5K/10K run, and the newest event, Story Walk. Bring your appetite and support the food vendors, who team up with local charities. This year's festival takes place 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, September 24 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, September 25.

  • Escape Corvallis - 301 SW 4th St., Suite 280, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Crosswords and sudoku are so last century. Modern puzzle lovers challenge their problem-solving skills at Escape Corvallis. Choose from four themed escape rooms with varying levels of difficulty to fit both novices and experts. Due to popular demand, Escape Corvallis has added a kids' room for ages 6-10. Once the puzzle is solved, participants "escape" into a game-filled room that's perfect for a birthday party or just hanging out. If you have a larger group or you're planning a team-building event for work, the "Happy Hour" room accommodates up to 14 players. Visit the website for reservations and pricing information.

  • The Arts Center - 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    In 1963, the Corvallis Arts Council became the first community-based arts organization in Oregon. Fast-forward to 2008, when they changed their name to The Arts Center, representing the goal of promoting inclusivity for anyone seeking a connection to art. In addition to exhibits of art in all forms, the center features artist meet-ups on the first Thursday of each month and Arts Day for kids and adults on the second Saturday of each month. Hours are noon - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free, though donations are welcome. 

Corvallis homes for sale? Albany homes for sale? You can't go wrong either way. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers to learn more.

June
20

Historical Spots in Albany and Corvallis

Historic Benton County

Albany and Corvallis are both communities filled with fascinating sites, from wonderful museums to gorgeous examples of historic architecture. Summer is the perfect time to explore the historical spots in this corner of Oregon. Our real estate agents have the details for a memorable history tour near Benton County.

  • Avery Helm Historic District Walking Tour – Corvallis, OR 97333
    Get a peek into Corvallis of the past when you head over to Avery Helm Historic District, where many of the community's historic homes are located. The Avery Helm Historic District Walking Tour will take you throughout this neighborhood on a self-guided tour that highlights many of the historic properties located there. The tour is especially focused on how the community and local architecture evolved from 1870 through 1949.

  • Benton County Historical Society Corvallis Museum – 411 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97330
    The Benton County Historical Society Corvallis Museum is an excellent destination for learning more about local history, from pioneer times to the present day. It's home to 4 large galleries which showcase art and artifacts from local history. Visiting with a group? Schedule in advance to enjoy a 45-minute guided tour and learn more about the exhibits from museum experts.

  • Benton County Courthouse – 120 NW 4th St., Corvallis, OR 97330
    Originally constructed in 1888, the Benton County Courthouse has played an important role in the community ever since. It has been renovated multiple times since it was first built but still retains its historic architecture and charm. Visit for a window into the past and a look at how the courthouse still serves an important role today.

  • Albany Municipal Airport – 525 Aviation Way SE, Albany, OR 97322
    Did you know that the Albany Municipal Airport is actually one of the most historic places near Albany? Initial construction on the airport was finished all the way back in 1931, and in 1998 Albany Municipal Airport was the first airport in the state of Oregon to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The airport is still in use to this day, and in 2019 a historic A-4 Skyhawk fighter jet was added as a permanent display which you can find at the airport's entrance.

  • Monteith House – 518 SW 2nd Ave., Albany, OR 97231
    Constructed by a duo of pioneer brothers in 1849, the Monteith House is an excellent example of living history in Albany. Today, the home is maintained by the Monteith Historical Society, housing many fascinating artifacts and antiques from throughout the community's history. The home was the site of the first sermon delivered in Albany in 1850 and was where community members discussed state formation in 1856. Enjoy a guided tour, or attend one of many special events at the museum.

  • Albany Historic Carousel & Museum – 503 First Ave. W., Albany, OR 97321
    It's easy to get younger family members interested in history when you have great destinations like the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum. The carousel is still in use today, and kids love it just as much as ever. There's also a delicious Carousel Cafe located on-site, as well as a gift shop where you can find fun souvenirs.

Whether you're buying, selling, or just looking, our local team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Albany and Corvallis, OR areas.

February
25

Covered Bridges You'll Spot Near Corvallis & Albany

Covered Bridges in Corvallis

Covered bridges are a charming link to our state's past. Spend a beautiful Oregon day exploring these covered bridges not far from Corvallis and Albany.

  • Oak Creek Covered Bridge
    Oak Creek Covered Bridge is located on the edge of the Oregon State University campus, but it feels like a world away. Built in 1954, the bridge was designed to cross the Willamette Slough along Irish Bend Road, about 15 miles south of Corvallis. The name "Irish Bend Covered Bridge" is still used sometimes as a nod to the original location. When traffic dropped off in 1975 after the road was realigned, the bridge was finally dismantled in 1988, causing it to lose its spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Benton County and OSU joined forces to have the bridge reconstructed as part of a path through a research farm on university property, where it also regained its standing on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

  • Harris Covered Bridge
    Like a Hollywood actor, Harris Covered Bridge has been rather coy about revealing its true age. Benton County records indicate that the bridge was built in 1936 to replace an older covered bridge at the same site. According to some locals, the bridge actually dates back to 1929. The rounded portal design lends a graceful appearance, while narrow windows just below the roofline allow natural light to fill the interior. H.W. Fiedler built the bridge, but the structure and the surrounding community both take their name from George Harris, a local pioneer landowner. Be sure to stop off at the Harris Bridge Vineyard, conveniently located within walking distance of the bridge. In addition to the tasting room, the vineyard includes lush grounds that are perfect for games and picnics.

  • Chitwood Bridge
    It was once the centerpiece of a small but thriving community that included a post office, telephone office, and several shops and houses. Today, Chitwood Bridge stands alone as a testament to that long-ago time. In the early 1900s, Chitwood's economy revolved around logging, while the town was also a principal stop for the railroad that ran between Yaquina and Corvallis. When Lincoln County officials determined that the bridge needed repairs or replacement, a public hearing convinced the commissioners to do a complete renovation. Now the barn-red siding provides a picturesque contrast amidst the surrounding greenery.

  • Hayden Bridge
    Out of the 50 covered bridges that remain in Oregon, only seven were built before 1920. With a construction date of 1918, Hayden Bridge is one of the "golden oldies," as well as the last covered bridge on a primary state highway. The 91-foot bridge spans the Alsea River, which was a popular site during the heyday of covered bridges. When the bridge was rebuilt in 1945, the rounded portals were converted to a more modern shape to accommodate larger vehicles. Despite the change, the bridge required additional repairs in 2006 when a logging truck crashed into it. Visitors to Hayden Bridge often make side trips to the nearby Leaping Lamb Farm and Alsea Fish Hatchery.

Corvallis is surrounded by a wonderful mix of history and natural beauty. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers to learn more from our real estate agents

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