Commander's House going home to historic Oregon fort

CORVALLIS, Ore. - General Phillip Sheridan designed and built the Commander's House at Fort Hoskins.

Like the rest of the fort and the troops who kept the peace there, the house was pressed into other duties when the fort was dismantled.

A century and a half later, the house is going home.

The site of the fort became a Benton County park in 2002.

The county has acquired the historic Commander’s House, originally located at Fort Hoskins, and will be moving the structure from Pedee, Ore., back to its original location at the fort on Sunday, Oct. 21.

The house is in remarkably accurate historical condition, according to county officials.

Upgrades have been minor over the years.

Oregon State University archaeologist Dr. David Brauner told Benton County that if General Sheridan were to go to the house today, he would recognize it.

The move is scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. on Sunday. County officials said the best safe places to park and catch a view are:

  • Kings Valley Store, 39088 Kings Valley Highway, near Monmouth;
  • Kings Valley Charter School, 38840 Kings Valley Highway, near Philomath; and
  • Luckiamute Charter School (old building located just N. of the Peedee Memorial Church and just South of Peedee Creek Road), 12975 Kings Valley Highway.

There also will be a celebratory reception at 10:30 a.m. that day at Fort Hoskins Historic Park Picnic Shelter, 38150 Fort Hoskins Road, near Philomath.

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