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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Novak's Hungarian Restaurant - 208 SW 2nd Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Sybaris Bistro - 442 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Vault 244 Bistro - 244 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Brick & Mortar Café - 222 W 1st Ave. Suite 4, Albany, OR 97321
First Burger - 210 SE 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97322
Sweet Red Bistro - 208 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Loafer's Station - 222 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321
In cities and towns across the country, residents are invited to bring blankets, folding chairs, and snacks to settle in for an evening of live music at their local park.
Not only are these local concert series a great way to discover more of the talented musicians in your area – but they also provide the perfect excuse to become better acquainted with your neighbors. Both Albany and Corvallis host their own Music in the Park events each year, and our real estate agents have loved attending them. Check out the schedule for this year's concerts to see if one of these events might be of interest to you too.
Albany's River Rhythms
River Rhythms is Albany's annual concert series, and many locals look forward to it all year long. The event takes place Thursday evenings at 7 PM in Monteith Riverpark at 489 Water Avenue NW (with a brief break on July 14 when the park hosts the local fair). Admission is free, but guests are strongly encouraged to make donations of $1 per person at the park's main gate on Water Avenue to help cover some of the costs of the event.
This year, River Rhythms is also hosting a secondary event: Rock Out Against Hunger. This fundraising and donation drive is being run on behalf of the Fish of Albany food pantry, a non-profit that feeds local families in need. Those who attend the concerts are encouraged to donate canned or boxed non-perishable food in the donation barrels that will be on-site at each event. The pantry will also be taking cash donations at this time. This is a great opportunity to give back to your community while enjoying the talents of local artists.
The 2022 River Rhythms schedule is as follows:
The Corvallis Community Band Summer Concert Series
If you're not in the Albany area, don't worry. People who live near Corvallis can attend the Corvallis Community Band Summer Concert Series instead. This free concert series takes place Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM in Central Park at 650 NW Monroe Avenue. The band will play in the park's main gazebo, but guests are encouraged to enjoy the music from any location in the park. Pets are welcome, too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along if they tolerate noise and crowds well.
Each week, the band will play a different set list of instrumental music. Check out their schedule below to see which shows you'd be most interested in attending.
Both Albany and Corvallis are close-knit communities that go out of their way to bring people together. These summer concert series are just one of the ways they do this. Get to know more about this area when you contact us today. We'll gladly help you find the right property to settle down in.
The Willamette Valley is celebrated for its small family-owned restaurants, diners, and eateries of all kinds. Our real estate agents know well that also includes plenty of bakeries.
Let's take a closer look at just a few of your many local options:
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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.
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.
The fertile soil of Oregon's Willamette Valley supports an incredible variety of local farms that produce everything from organic fruits and vegetables to poultry, eggs, and honey. As a result, we also have some incredible eateries that serve locally-sourced fare. Our real estate agents recommend ordering farm-to-table dishes from these local restaurants!
Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley! Fresh farm-to-table food is just one of many things that make our little corner of the world special, and our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in Benton County and the surrounding areas.
Thankfully, Benton County and surrounding areas have plenty of ice cream shops that your sweet tooth is sure to enjoy!
Take another tip from our real estate agents and stop off for a frosty ice cream treat at one of these great restaurants in the Willamette Valley.
Life is sweet in the Willamette Valley. Learn more when you contact us at Valley Brokers for all your real estate needs.
The Willamette Valley is home to so many high-quality farms, meaning there are ample opportunities to pick your own produce!
Visiting local pick-your-own farms is a favorite pastime for our real estate agents. It's not only a great opportunity to stock up on some freshly grown fruits and vegetables, but it's also a weekend activity that's fun for the whole family. Plus, it helps support our local farmers! Here are some of our favorite Oregon pick-your-own farms. Many of which are open year-round while others will be opening soon for the summer harvest!
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Beginning at 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, the abundant creativity around Corvallis and Albany is on display as the Corvallis Arts Walk shines a spotlight on the talented artists in our community. Our real estate agents love to visit these participating galleries during the event or at any time of year.
National Library Week (April 3 to 9) is an invitation to get better acquainted with your local library. Our real estate agents know that there are many reasons why residents love calling the Corvallis and Albany area home. If you are an avid reader who is new to the area, you will love frequenting the several locations in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system. So before you begin your next literary adventure, here's what you need to know!
The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system includes four different branches: Alsea, Corvallis, Monroe, and Philomath. Members of any one branch can borrow from any of the others with the same library card. For those who can't make regular trips to their local library, they also offer service through their Bookmobile that circulates through regions of Benton County. This includes the part of Albany that belongs to Benton County.
The Bookmobile isn't the only thing readers will love visiting in the Albany area. Thanks to the Albany Public Library, residents of Albany have two branches they can stop at. The main location is on 14th Avenue, and their second location is in the Albany Monteith Historic District. This library system offers many of the same benefits as the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system.
Members can borrow a variety of items from any of these locations, including books, audiobooks, music, movies, and even tools like projectors and button makers. They can also access digital content through free BookFlix, Overdrive, CloudLibrary, LinkedIn Learning, and Kanopy subscriptions using their library ID.
In addition to its vast collection of books, the library also hosts many programs and resources for Benton County residents.
Avid readers will enjoy taking part in some of the library's six different book clubs, including a graphic novel club and a club exclusively for seniors. Each group meets every month or so to discuss their latest read with other members. Discussions can get very lively, so be sure to bring your sharpest observations and theories to the table.
If you have a free afternoon, you can try out one of the crafts in the library's online resource collection. These boredom busters will walk you through exciting crafts like marble runs, paper baskets, and even smartphone speakers. Just download and print the instructions from your computer and get to work.
If you have any young readers in your life, you'll be happy to hear that the library has plenty in store for them.
Just like adults, kids can attend a variety of book clubs to talk about what they've read with their peers. Children's clubs are divided by age: your child will be invited to the Tweens, Kids, or First Readers book club, depending on which category they fall into. In some cases, their reading level may factor into this decision.
There are also some exciting activities available for children who are still learning to read. One of the library's most popular offerings is the Reading Education Assistance Dog program (READ for short). The program offers young children the chance to build their reading skills by reading aloud to a canine companion. Each session provides one individual child with 10 minutes of reading time with a trained dog and their handler.
If your child isn't ready to read on their own, however, they might prefer the 20-minute story time sessions run by the library staff instead. These sessions feature fun, dramatic readings of short stories as well as songs and rhymes meant to stimulate children's developing brains. Storytime is offered multiple times a day, but families must register in advance to get a spot at each reading.
Benton County's exceptional library system is just one of the many appealing aspects of life in this area. Contact us today to learn more about the many stunning properties we have available in this region and see if any of them might be the right one for you.
Are you already dreading the spring break cries of, "There's nothing to do?" Fortunately, that's not the case around Corvallis and Albany, which offer convenient access to a wide variety of family and couple-friendly attractions. Our real estate agents are putting these wonderful activities and places on their spring break itinerary.
Whether you follow an active lifestyle or prefer cultural pursuits, the Willamette Valley is the perfect place to call home. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers for answers to all your real estate questions.