Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, John Day

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  • Wonderful museum ! Extremely informative and interesting. Would recommend this to anyone interested in the local area history.  more »
  • Do not miss. Volunteer hosts do spectacular job of telling the story via a virtual reality presentation. Fascinating history and individuals.  more »
  • This Chinese heritage site is amazing and a must visit when in John Day. Totally undisturbed apothecary store for years, with herbal medicines and other things just like they were years ago. Take...  more »
  • If you on a road trip or looking for something to do in the area, be sure to make this a priority. It is indescribable. The wealth of history, culture and artifacts was incredible. As someone who works in this field, access to this site is likely to be more and more limited in the future to help preserve it, so go now while you can. The staff were incredibly friendly and enthusiastic about the site and the story is both mysterious and relatable. Bottom line, go, you will not regret it.
  • Amazing this little store and home was preserved while it sat vacant for years. Thank goodness it was because the history inside these little walls is now available for all to learn. A drive to John Day for this history lesson is well worth it. One story from our tour guide which I just treasured was the fact that Doc Hay often times did not take payment for his services. You can see all the uncashed checks from the 1920's and beyond in the interpretive center. But the story of Doc Hay telling patients to plant an apricot tree in lieu of payment is fascinating, considering all over John Day in private yards and farms are apricot trees, iIncluding in front of Kam Wah Chung. Maybe the reason, just maybe is because Chinese medicine understands the value of the little seed inside the apricot pit. If you crack open the pit you'll find a little white seed. This seed contains some very powerful healing compounds in fact many cancer preventative compounds. Laetrile/was made from these little seeds.(Toxic in high doses but then so is water.) You have to ask yourself, how did a 1900's Chinese immigrant save lives with Chinese herbs and know the apricot seed was one of nature's many gifts to keeping us well. If you're visiting John Day during Apricot season, stock up. They are delicious. But don't eat the seeds unless you're advised to by a Chinese herbalist.
  • Very interesting and free. Tour of the house gives you a lot of information about the life of the Chinese workers in the early 1900s. Just great.
  • This is an amazing amazing Place see it before it gets to the point where they won't allow tourists anymore because of the damage. You may have to just settle for pictures and or videos in the interpretation center. At this point they take eight people in at a time and you better schedule an appointment for your tour.
  • Great tour and free. Amazing story of immigrants. Makes America Great

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