Welcome to the
Benton County Historical Society

Welcome to our new website!

We hope that you will enjoy the new look, the enhanced presentation of our beautiful artifacts and continuing access to our resources about the interesting history and sites of Benton County, Oregon.

We have spent many months developing the new design and reorganizing the content from our old site. But, we hope you will be patient while we continue to upload content. We’ve added notes on the pages that we haven’t got to yet, so you’ll know what’s coming.

The fact that this is a prolonged process is a testament to the depth and breadth of content that we have organized and made available over the years! Thank you for your patience while we rearrange the furniture. Meanwhile, we hope that you enjoy exploring the new site.


    Members of the Oregon State University marching band wore these uniforms in the 1970s.

    Oregon State University marching band uniform

    Evangeline Joy Metcalf was born at Shedd, Oregon, May 3, 1892. She ordered this silk Manchu style coat from China in the 1920s.

    The ornately embroidered motif features five-clawed dragons.


    Satsuma tea set from Japan

    Made for export, satsuma ware is characterized by yellow earthenware densely covered with colored enamel and gilt. The design typically included faces of Japanese warriors and holy Buddist elders, dragons, and Japanese landscapes.


    Stetson hat and scenic hat box

    High Hat

    Drum Corps member James Plunkett arrived at Fort Hoskins about 1864 with the 4th California Infantry, a volunteer infantry regiment.

    Fort Hoskins was one of three forts built by the U.S. Army during the Civil War to monitor the Coastal Indian Reservation in Oregon.


    Oregon pioneer Joseph C. Avery (1817-1876) used this drafting set to lay out the town of Marysville (Corvallis) in 1851.

    J.C. Avery moved to Oregon in 1845 with 25 head of cattle. After exploring the western side of the Willamette Valley, he staked out a 640-acre provisional land claim where the Marys River enters the Willamette River. Part of this land today is Avery Park.