Our Summer Road Trip Continues!

Cabin fever – we’ve all got it. Or maybe you have condo fever, cottage fever, or Craftsman fever, depending on where you rest your head at night. No matter what you call it, we are all tired of being stuck inside, looking at the same four walls for days on end. While our normal summer socializing might not be in the cards right now, outdoor excursions are a safe and fun way to enjoy these long summer days. Continuing with our Road Trip Through Restoration series, we encourage you to check out the gorgeous locations below, snap some photos, post them on Instagram, and tag us: @arciform, @versatile.wp.


Do you have a few hours to kill on a sunny summer afternoon? Explore a bit of Oregon’s history on this 2 ½ hour tour of three sites that ARCIFORM helped restore. (Click here for a map.)

Stop #1: Caples House

In 1870, Dr. Charles Green Caples built this two-story home from logs cut near Longview, Washington. On the banks of the beautiful Columbia River with a view of Mt. St. Helens, the Caples House site was originally settled by Dr. Caples’ father, John Caples, in 1846. The house was occupied by the Caples family until 1959 and functions today as a museum and historical site. Recently, ARCIFORM was chosen to replace the structure’s crumbling foundation with a modern concrete slab, preserving the structure.

Stop #2: Pioneer Mother’s Memorial Cabin

Built in 1931 to honor female pioneers and house artifacts from the Oregon Trail, the Pioneer Mother’s Memorial Cabin operates as a museum and living history exhibit visited by more than 2,000 school children annually. Due to erosion on the south bank of the Willamette River, the cabin needed to be relocated to higher ground. ARCIFORM hand marked each log before disassembly and rebuilt the cabin on the new site. New engineering insured proper fit and alignment of each log, creating a safer structure.

Stop #3: Gallon House Bridge

The Gallon House Bridge got its name from its history of being a drop location for moonshiners during the Prohibition Era. Built in 1916, this Oregon treasure is part of the National Register of Historic Places and is the state’s oldest covered bridge. In 2011, ARCIFORM was contracted to restore the Gallon House Bridge, which included a complete roof reconstruction, replacement of support structures, and detailed exterior refinishing.

Rest & Relaxation:

Grab a bite to eat in quaint, historic downtown Silverton on the banks of Silver Creek before heading home.


This longer excursion is an 8-hour round trip down beautiful Highway 101 and would probably be best cut in half, or even thirds, so you might want to spend a night or two resting along the way. Fortunately, two of the stops on this tour are great choices for an overnight stay! (Click here for a map.)

Stop #1: Fort Yamhill State Heritage Center

Built in 1856, Fort Yamhill had been left largely untouched for years, with only two of the original buildings still remaining on the property. ARCIFORM was selected to restore the Officers’ Quarters, which had been heavily affected by dry rot. Floors and walls were replaced, period appropriate interior finishes were applied, and wood doors and windows carefully restored to ensure that the historical integrity of this important monument was kept intact.

Stop #2: Salishan Coastal Lodge

Salishan Lodge, built by native Oregonian and businessman John Gray, was originally opened in 1965. Architect John Storrs and landscape architect Barbara Fealy created a beautiful modern resort that emphasizes locally sourced wood, natural light, and harmony with the Oregon landscape and seems to grow organically out of the coastal forest. The Spa at Salishan Lodge is a contemporary-style structure that was added to the resort in the 1990s. Versatile Wood Products built three large mahogany balanced-pivot doors, each four to five feet wide, to provide an architectural focal point for the design. Screens of architectural millwork were custom made to provide artful coverings for the aluminum windows.

Stop #3: Heceta Head Lighthouse

The Heceta Head Lighthouse, which was first lit in 1894, sits 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Visible for 21 miles, it has the strongest lighthouse beam on the Oregon coast. Versatile Wood Products restored the original wood exterior and interior doors, millwork, cabinetry, and flooring in the Heceta Head workhouse, replacing pieces as needed while retaining as much of the original wood as possible. One complex design for the exterior door specified a herringbone pattern on the interior and a four paneled exterior; this single door required over 187 wood pieces to construct.

Stop #4: Coquille River Lighthouse

One of eight lighthouses along the Oregon Coast, the Coquille River Lighthouse has had an interesting history. Originally built in 1896 on a rocky island, it was decommissioned and fell into disrepair. Versatile Wood Products was contracted to build ten new windows to match the original ones, using historic techniques and sustainable materials. Components were built in Versatile Wood Products’ custom workshop and shipped to Bandon, where they were assembled in place by ARCIFORM.

Rest & Relaxation:

Up for an exciting summer adventure? Stay at the Heceta Lighthouse B&B and spend the night in the lightkeeper’s cottage, right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. If you’re looking for a more upscale resort experience, the Salishan Coastal Lodge offers luxury accommodations overlooking the picturesque Oregon Coast.

*With the pandemic’s continued disruption of normal operations, we recommend checking individual websites for current open times, available services, travel restrictions and important Pandemic related announcements before you go.

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