Flavel House Museum, Astoria

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The Captain George Flavel House Museum known also as Capt. George Flavel House and Carriage House or the Flavel Mansion, is now a house museum in Astoria, Oregon, United States. It was built in 1885 in the Queen Anne architectural style, by George Flavel, a Columbia River bar pilot who was one of the area's first millionaires.HistoryThe house was originally constructed in 1885 by George Flavel, a maritime pilot and entrepreneur who amassed a fortune in his business over the course of thirty years. The 11600sqft house, which spans a whole city block, features Queen Anne architecture. After Flannel's death in 1893, his wife, Mary Christina, lived in the house with the couple's daughters, Nellie and Katie, until her death in 1922. Both Katie and Nelly also lived in the home until their deaths in 1910 and 1933, respectively.The house and its carriage house were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The house is owned and operated by the Clatsop County Historical Society.In popular cultureThe museum is well known to fans of the film The Goonies, which was filmed in Astoria. It is featured as the museum where Mikey's father works as a curator.
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  • The Flavel house is a lovingly preserved house that was home to the city's most distinguished family. Its hard to escape how passionate the volunteers that run this place are about this place and it s...  more »
  • What an amazing piece of history and so beautifully decorated. We were the only ones in the house the day we went, so were able to take our time and thoroughly go through the home. This home is a must...  more »
  • Make sure you see the little movie in the where the tickets are sold. Its gave a great history not only of the house and the Captain but Astoria in general. The house and decorations were amazing. The...  more »
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  • What a remarkable historical site to visit! You need time and a video camera to get in the full visit. You can have a guide or do it yourself. It's amazingly beautiful with landscape and the house & decor. I need to visit a second time in order to obtain the full visit. You watch the video prior to the tour. The cost is decent. I wouldn't recommend it foe small kids or disabled people. Too many stairs and no elevator access to see the floors and rooms. A child of 12+ would probably appreciate the tour. Anyone else under that age may be bored and not allow you to experience the full potential visit. Parking is easy to find on the streets and surrounding neighborhood. I had fun!
  • I love this museum! Absolutely gorgeous inside! The people there were so great about telling you all about the house and answering any questions you have. Loved the experience!
  • Really neat old house. Used in Goonies! Loved the old furniture.
  • The house is beautiful. The structure is truly a masterpiece, both my wife and I appreciate architecture of that time period and didn't have time to go through everything including the video, this is where I give it three stars instead of a much deserved '5'. First off, we went into the foyer of the Flavel house with our tickets only to be greeted by a rude response by the lady 'standing guard'. She informed us that we needed to go to the visitors center to get more information and a hole-punch on our ticket prior to entering the Flavel house. So we did so and spent a little time there(unfortunately had to skip out on the video due to time) and returned to the Flavel house. There the lady basically made us feel guilty for not watching the video, though she should be happy that we wanted to come and and see this beautiful house. I don't doubt that she loves the house and the history behind it as I wish I could have had time to appreciate as well, but we adored the house and would come back, only if the lady that was in the visitors center could trade positions with the lady in the house, because the other lady was very sweet. But do take your time here, it is truly worth the time!
  • I was looking for things to do for my birthday one year and we found this place. Loads of fun to go in and walk around to see. Lots of interesting tid bits and items to check out. A lot of good Oregon history in the house as well.

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