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Historic Deepwood Estate, Salem

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4.4/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Deepwood Museum & Garden, formerly known as Historic Deepwood Estate, or simply Deepwood, is a historic house in Salem, Oregon, United States. The home was built by Dr. Luke A. Port, with construction beginning in 1893, and completed in 1894. The historic house and property have been managed since 1974 by the non-profit Friends of Deepwood, and is owned by the City of Salem.It was designed by William C. Knighton as his first residential commission, and the landscape design was done by the Salem firm of Lord and Schryver starting in 1929. The Queen Anne style house contains Povey Brothers Studio stained glass windows throughout. The construction cost was between $12,000 and $15,000.Port Family (1894-1895)Dr. Port was born in Sussex, England, but was raised in Ohio. He served in the Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. A speculator, his business dealings were listed as "undercover" by Dun & Bradstreet in 1867. After settling near San Diego, Port moved his family to Salem in 1884 and opened the drugstore, Port and Son Drugs. His son, Omega, drowned in 1887.After completion of his new house, Dr. Port sold the home in 1895 to Judge George G. Bingham.Bingham Family (1895-1924)George G. Bingham moved into the home with his wife, Willie E. Harris, and young daughter Alice Bingham (Powell). The family would live in the home for almost 30 years, before George & Willie passed within a few weeks of each other.
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  • If I return to this location, and I may, I will likely have to update the review. We arrived during the annual Deepwood Vintage Market event on 9/17/16. This was a gathering of local folks hawking old...  read more »
  • We were so fortunate to have a visit to this lovely piece of Salem's history on a Friday morning in early September. We went to the door about 20 minutes before 11:00 (the tours are scheduled on the h...  read more »
  • We visited as part of a Senior group tour. The grounds are separated into small garden areas and nature trails. The gardens are lovingly tended by many volunteers. We had a delicious High Tea style lu...  read more »
  • I'm so thrilled I was able to hold my wedding at the Historic Deepwood Estate. The price for the beauty of the venue, the inclusion of chairs and tables, break down and set-up was incredibly affordable. The gardens are so well-maintained, it made for stunning photos. Their on-site events coordinator was communicative and very helpful in providing guidance to make the day perfect. I received nothing but compliments from my guests about the venue. I would recommend Deepwood to any bride looking for a garden wedding in this region.
  • This venue is very beautiful and most of the staff is great all but the actual manager. Unfortunately she is not customer friendly by any means and is very rude. It very surprising they are able to keep booking events with her lack of customer service skills. So if you are planning for this venue to be your wedding place just make sure you know all your limits and times because they will shoo you out so fast that your head will spin. I give this 2 stars and the two stars are only for the beauty of the actual venue. Also it could use twinkle lights just about everywhere on the grounds and be more accessible for vendors.
  • A beautiful spot for a summer wedding. My husband and I were so pleased that we chose Deepwood for our wedding.
  • Great place for history buffs..
  • I have nothing but incredible memories of my wedding. The ambiance that the Deepwood provides is unlike any other venue I have visited in the area. My husband and I are very pleased with our decision to start our life together at the Deepwood.
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