Saturday, November 7, 2015

The John Quincy Adams Young House

I was told recently of a spot in Cedar Mills, Beaverton, Oregon, where behind a historic house and an ancient walnut tree, there was a nice wooden walk-way overlooking a waterfall. Naturally, being the sort of person I am, I was just as excited about the prospect of seeing inside an old museum house, as I was about the waterfall.

But it's not. There's an idea that the could be a interpretive center, but right now, the little white salt-box style house is completely boarded up; every door, the big windows downstairs, the little windows upstairs. I walked around the house, originally built in 1869, you just don't find stone, brick, and wood meshed quite like this. It's nicely painted on the outside, but I have a feeling the inside needs a lot of work.
 
 

(The John Quincy Adams Young house as it appeared in 1903, and as it appeared in 2009-Current. Images from cedarmill.org)

There's buildings like this one all over the country, neglected places of historic significance. For those of us that are paranormal investigators and enthusiasts, we often relish the opportunity to visit old buildings, reputedly haunted or not, because after all, most ghost reports involve seeing intangible people from another era. That being the case, we should probably do what we can to preserve these places as well. 

For more info on the John Quincy Adams Young House, visit:
http://cedarmill.org/JQAY/
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