Monteith House

Monteith House The Monteith House was built in 1849 by Albany founders Thomas and Walter Monteith, this house museum is said to be the most authentically restored Pioneer era home in Oregon.

The City of Albany purchased the house and gave the responsibility for restoration and maintenance to the Monteith Historical Society, which was formed in 1973.

The Monteith Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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The Monteith House was built in 1849 by brothers Thomas and Walter Monteith. It was the first frame house built in Albany and they built the house with the centerline between their land claims. That way each of them could sleep on his own land. The Monteith family was instrumental in the development of Albany and with high aspirations named it after the capital of their home state: New York.

Mission: The Monteith Historical Society's mission is to provide a house museum of early Albany history and maintain the house and restore it to its original condition; to collect and display artifacts relevant to the pioneer period of Albany's development, and give the community and school children insight into pioneer life.

01/07/2019

We're looking forward to all of the events coming in 2019! We want to know... What's your favorite Monteith House event?

01/03/2019

We're back to our regular winter schedule. Open for tours 12-4pm Friday and Saturday.

Christmas Caroling 2018
12/23/2018

Christmas Caroling 2018

Our friends at Chafin Farms looked so great last weekend! There are very few seats left for this weekends tour (as of We...
12/19/2018

Our friends at Chafin Farms looked so great last weekend! There are very few seats left for this weekends tour (as of Wednesday morning). Whether you plan to join us or not, we hope you get a chance to see and hear the beautiful horse drawn wagon riding through the Monteith Historic District.

Photo credit: KnoHer Photos

12/18/2018

Due to our special event this weekend, we will be closed during our regular hours this Friday and Saturday. Please join us for the Christmas Caroling Tours this weekend! Call 541.928.0911 to find out what tour times are still available. They're filling up quickly!

12/17/2018

Thank you to everyone who came out last weekend for our caroling tours! We are looking forward to another weekend of tours starting this Friday. Sunday tours have sold out but there are a few spots left on Friday (12/21) and Saturday (12/22) so call the Albany Visitors Association today to reserve your seat. 541.928.0911

12/15/2018

Caroling tours have started! Merry Christmas!

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Christmas Parlour Tour yesterday! If you didn't get a chance to visit us yest...
12/10/2018

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Christmas Parlour Tour yesterday! If you didn't get a chance to visit us yesterday, our upcoming caroling tours are another great opportunity to see the house decorated for the holidays. Today is the last day to enter to win tickets for this weekend's horse drawn wagon caroling tours. Check out the post pinned at the top of our page for details!

photos by Camron Settlemier

We had a wonderful time hosting our Children's Pioneer Christmas Party.  The Junior Pioneers made Christmas ornaments an...
12/04/2018

We had a wonderful time hosting our Children's Pioneer Christmas Party. The Junior Pioneers made Christmas ornaments and decorated cookies and the Christmas tree in the house. They also made up their own version of the Twelve Days of Christmas (pioneer items replaced the traditional ones). To top off the night, they rode in the Albany Christmas Parade in a horse drawn wagon.
This event kicked off our Christmas season at the Monteith House. Be sure to check out our events page for information about the Parlour Tour and Christmas caroling. There's no better place to celebrate Christmas than at the oldest house in Albany!!!

Over the weekend we decorated the Monteith House for the holidays. We look forward to sharing it with you this season! S...
12/03/2018

Over the weekend we decorated the Monteith House for the holidays. We look forward to sharing it with you this season! Stop by and come cozy up by our fireplace during the Christmas Parlour Tour this Sunday, December 9th.

We had a great time at our pioneer party and loved seeing all the smiling faces board the horse drawn wagon!
12/03/2018

We had a great time at our pioneer party and loved seeing all the smiling faces board the horse drawn wagon!

Join us in spreading the holiday spirit by Caroling through Historic Albany on a Horse Drawn Wagon! Tours start at 5pm o...
11/21/2018
Christmas Caroling

Join us in spreading the holiday spirit by Caroling through Historic Albany on a Horse Drawn Wagon! Tours start at 5pm on December 14th with multiple dates and times leading up to Christmas. Call the Albany Visitors Association at 541.928.0911 reserve your seat.

The Monteith Historical Society and Chafin Farms are offering Christmas Caroling by Horse drawn wagon through the Monteith historic district. The tours will take place on December 14, 15, 16, and 17,...

Albany Visitors Association is giving away tickets for the Christmas Parlour Tour!
11/21/2018

Albany Visitors Association is giving away tickets for the Christmas Parlour Tour!

We are giving away three pairs of tickets ($30 value each set) to the Annual Christmas Parlour Tour of Historic Homes and Buildings! Simply subscribe to our Albany events monthly e-newsletter between today (Nov 20th) and December 1st, and be entered into the drawing. We will notify the lucky winners on December 2nd. Sign up here: https://albanyvisitors.com/news-press/newsletter/

And, read more about this unique opportunity to view the interiors of beautiful historic houses on our holiday blog, "History, Holidays, and Horses" https://albanyvisitors.com/2018/11/20/history-holidays-and-horses/

*Image by Camron Settlemeir, 2018 AVA Photo Contest Winner.

Another festive Sunday in December is coming up on December 9th. The Christmas Parlour Tour will feature several histori...
11/19/2018
Christmas Parlour Tour

Another festive Sunday in December is coming up on December 9th. The Christmas Parlour Tour will feature several historic homes, churches, museums, and the Carnegie library all lovingly restored and beautifully decorated for the holidays. Horse-drawn wagon and vintage trolley rides, entertainment and light refreshments are all included in the $15 ticket price. To find out more and purchase your tickets, follow the link below.

Historic Albany, Oregon presents the 38th Annual Christmas Parlour Tour of Historic Homes, Museums, Churches, & Library ...

11/17/2018
Pioneer Christmas Party

December is a month full of festive opportunities to visit the Monteith House. Our first December event is a Pioneer Christmas Party for children. There are just a few spots left! Click the link below to find out more and call the Albany Visitors Association to reserve your spot. 541.928.0911

Celebrate the Christmas season the way the pioneers would have done in the 1800's by joining the festivities at the Monteith House. Children ages 5-16 are invited to join the Monteith Historical...

We'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who came our to our Trolley of Terror and Ghost Hunting events.  We had a b...
11/06/2018

We'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who came our to our Trolley of Terror and Ghost Hunting events. We had a blast and truly appreciate the support from our community! This event sold out FAST so make sure you're following us here to get the first news of our upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

10/25/2018

We just had two tickets returned for the VIP Ghost Hunt Experience THIS SATURDAY night. If you'd like to purchase the last two tickets, this is your opportunity! Tickets are $50 each and the event is held at the Monteith House from 10:30pm to 1:00am. Call the Albany Visitors Association to purchase: 541.928.0911

Trolley of Terror
10/22/2018

Trolley of Terror

Our musician is in house rehearsing for tonight’s first Trolley of Terror tour! 😉
10/19/2018

Our musician is in house rehearsing for tonight’s first Trolley of Terror tour! 😉

10/17/2018

We'll be closed for our regular hours this week and next while we prepare for the Trolley of Terror and will be back to our regular hours the first week of November. Who's coming for the Trolley of Terror tours?! We can't wait!

Our kitchen has a beautiful new addition!  Can you spot it here?  Come by and see for yourself this weekend.  We're open...
10/05/2018

Our kitchen has a beautiful new addition! Can you spot it here? Come by and see for yourself this weekend. We're open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4pm.

Our new retaining wall is complete and creates a safe walkway up to the house. We're open this season from 12-4pm on Fri...
09/28/2018

Our new retaining wall is complete and creates a safe walkway up to the house. We're open this season from 12-4pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Come on by and check it out!

Albany Visitors Association
09/26/2018

Albany Visitors Association

Tickets are on sale for the VERY limited space VIP Ghost Hunt at the Monteith House on Oct 20th and 27th. Only 10 lucky people each Saturday will help professional "ghost busters" and track paranormal activity in a darkened ghostly Monteith House!

The two tours are held from 10:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and are appropriate for adults (too intense for most children, and late hours).

Tickets may be purchased online at this time and will not be available once the event has sold out. Telephone 541.928.0911 for more info. Purchase on our secure SLL site: https://albanyvisitors.com/event/vip-ghost-hunt/?instance_id=12881

09/05/2018

Kiddos are headed back to school and summer is coming to an end. Squeeze in one more summer activity and visit us during our last week of summer hours! We're open from 12 - 4pm Wednesday through Saturday this week. Stay tuned - we have plenty of exciting fall and winter events to come!

Day three of our pioneer day camp ended with music, toys, and an ice cream social with our families.  We had such a wond...
07/18/2018

Day three of our pioneer day camp ended with music, toys, and an ice cream social with our families. We had such a wonderful time with our campers this year!

At pioneer day camp, the junior pioneers learn about flag etiquette and get to do a flag raising ceremony.
07/18/2018

At pioneer day camp, the junior pioneers learn about flag etiquette and get to do a flag raising ceremony.

Day one of pioneer day camp is done!  Our Junior Pioneers made covered wagons, built a log cabin, and tasted some of the...
07/16/2018

Day one of pioneer day camp is done! Our Junior Pioneers made covered wagons, built a log cabin, and tasted some of the foods pioneers ate on the trail. We learned that the journey was not easy! We are looking forward to day two when we put the Junior Pioneers to work doing household chores.
We have room for 5 more kids to join us, at the pro-rated cost of $35. If you are interested, send us a message. The rest of the camp is Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 and 18, from 9:30-12:00 at the Monteith House.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our 170th birthday! If you missed the birthday party, come visit us for ...
07/05/2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our 170th birthday! If you missed the birthday party, come visit us for a tour. We're open Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00pm.

It's all in the details 🍴 Tag us in your photos at the Monteith House using the hashtag #AlbanysFirstHome
06/25/2018

It's all in the details 🍴 Tag us in your photos at the Monteith House using the hashtag #AlbanysFirstHome

06/21/2018

Come join us for the Monteith House's 170th Birthday Celebration!! The house will be open July 1st from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm, where we will be serving up birthday cake and refreshments! Help us celebrate Albany's First House!

04/30/2018

Are you a regular visitor? Think you know the Monteith House by heart? Think again! When we open for the season we will be revealing brand new stories and delving into the Monteith family life. Come visit us Wednesday through Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm, starting June 13th to view new exhibits and new rooms!

Want a behind-the-scenes sneak peak at what we are working on? Consider getting a group together and scheduling an Off-Season Private Group Tour (check out our website for more info).

The parlor on this gloomy day
04/15/2018

The parlor on this gloomy day

Spring is here at the Monteith House 💮
03/08/2018

Spring is here at the Monteith House 💮

Happy Birthday Oregon! We’re celebrating at the Monteith House today till 4pm, join us.
02/14/2018

Happy Birthday Oregon! We’re celebrating at the Monteith House today till 4pm, join us.

Monteith House
02/06/2018

Monteith House

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02/06/2018

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Head over to the Monteith House's new blog! https://www.monteithhouse.org/blog. There we will be sharing information abo...
01/16/2018
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Head over to the Monteith House's new blog! https://www.monteithhouse.org/blog. There we will be sharing information about new and upcoming projects that the Monteith Historical Society is working on, as well as in depth looks at the Monteith House's history, collection, and more!

Our first post is a radio interview with Chet Houser, President of the Monteith Historical Society.

Click the link above to download an interview with the President of the Monteith Historical Society: Chet Houser. Chet Houser tells the story of the Monteith family while giving an audio tour of the...

The Monteith Historical Society would like to extend a very special thank you to the homeowners, the hard work of the Hi...
12/11/2017

The Monteith Historical Society would like to extend a very special thank you to the homeowners, the hard work of the Historic Interior Tour Committee, and over 100 volunteers who helped to ensure that this holiday tradition continues. Another heartfelt thank you to those who attended the 2017 Christmas Parlour Tour yesterday.

The Monteith House is ready for Christmas: Pioneer Party, Cookie Exchange, Parlour Tour and Caroling by Horse-drawn Wago...
12/03/2017

The Monteith House is ready for Christmas: Pioneer Party, Cookie Exchange, Parlour Tour and Caroling by Horse-drawn Wagon, thanks to LBCC history students for helping with our swag!

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11/13/2017

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11/13/2017

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10/29/2017

Another fun haunting experience...The Donaca House tours are running tonight 6pm-11pm and again on Halloween Night.

Trolley of Terror tours are in full swing for our Halloween season.  Thank you to our generous volunteers who help bring...
10/22/2017

Trolley of Terror tours are in full swing for our Halloween season. Thank you to our generous volunteers who help bring it to life each year!

The Trolley of Terror tours are full. Call the Albany Visitors Association to get on the waiting list or learn about oth...
10/18/2017

The Trolley of Terror tours are full. Call the Albany Visitors Association to get on the waiting list or learn about other fun Halloween activities around town. (541) 928-0911

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518 2nd Ave SW
Albany, OR
97321

General information

Open seasonally from mid-June through mid-September, Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The house is also open by appointment and for events, activities, and tours including: Pioneer Day Camp, Children's Pioneer Christmas Party, Trolley of Terror, Interior Home Tours, and Christmas Caroling Tours. Admission: $3 suggested donation for adults and children. Group rate is $50 for non-open tours. This fee may be waived for school groups.

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