If you’re in North Eastern Washington, the American Stonehenge in Maryhill, WA is a must-see place to visit. Sam Hill, a wealthy railroad and utilities magnate, bought 7,000 acres of land and founded the town of Maryhill – hoping to lure Quaker farmers to settle in it. They did not.
After the town burned down in a fire, he surveyed the area and chose the high windswept spot overlooking the Columbia river and began construction on a full sized replica of Stonehenge.
Sam Hill’s memorial is meant to be a memorial to the dead soldiers of World War I, a reminder that humanity is still sacrificed for the god of war.
The Maryhill Museum was also founded by Sam Hill. It was originally intended as a home for Hill and his wife, but after a visit from his friend, Loie Fuller, he decided to turn his unfinished home into a museum.
I’ve been meaning to post more pics of this trip for a while now. I hope you enjoyed them.
I’ve been meaning to go to the lavender festival the last couple of years and keep missing it. Not this year. My son reminded me it was going on, and off we went to frolic in the lavender.
The Oregon Lavender farm is a 90 acre farm located in Clackamas County out in the countryside of Oregon City. It’s a humongous farm, mostly lavender, but they have over 30 medicinal and aromatic herbs, as well. It is only open to the public on the weekend of the lavender festival. Thus the reason I always miss getting out there. I wish it was open for a full week so I could go on a weekday when the crowds are smaller, but at this point, you’ve only got one shot to go out there, one weekend a year.
This year was the 12th annual festival they’ve held. There is live music playing + vendors with products and food for sale + a water feature.
We were in line for the lavender lemonade when they announced that it was all gone, so we settled for lavender ice cream. It was quite good. I highly recommend you try it sometime. I was afraid it would taste ‘perfumy’ but it had a nice light lavender taste. I really enjoyed it.
There’s a gazebo up a bit higher than the rest of the grounds where you can get out of the shade and survey the surrounding area. As it was hot out, the bridge going to the water feature was so overcrowded with people that I didn’t even make it over the bridge to where the water feature was.
There are lots of pretty flowers up by the gazebo/water feature area.
I kind of wanted to stay and make a wreath at their DIY wreath making station. We didn’t end up doing that, but I stood and watched how they were putting them together for a bit while my son was off sampling salsa at one of the food booths.
On our way out, we just happened to discover the spot where you can view Mt. Hood through the trees with the lavender in the foreground. There was a water feature you could run or walk through to get misted down lightly with water to cool you off.
All in all, just a nice early summer event to go to. The festival is usually held the last full weekend of June. You can check on their website here next June to see the exact dates.