Historic Brunk House, also owned and operated by the Polk County Historical Society, is an 1861 two-story farm home featuring furnishings of that era. In addition, there are outbuildings, gardens, and orchards where you can explore what it was like to live on a working farm of the time.
In the winter, the Historic Brunk House, home of early settlers Harrison and Emily Brunk, is a quiet place waiting for the promise of spring. We have several projects scheduled for completion as the weather and funding allow: the repair of the exterior west kitchen wall, the interior kitchen floor, and the pump-house roof. Some projects will be visible to visitors, but many are being undertaken to preserve and maintain the historic resource. The gardens and orchards, managed in part by our local Master Gardeners, really come to life in late spring and are quite glorious through the summer into the harvest time in the fall, producing many varieties of vegetables and fruits which are donated to local food banks.
Our annual Open House & Pie Social is held in mid-April, in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom-Tulip Drive & Car Show. The chatter of children from local schools fills our rooms in May. Early summer brings on the planting, followed in late summer and fall by the harvest season for our working farm. Each fall, in early October, we host a public cider-making day as we press the apples from our orchards. We welcome you to join us and experience the quieter pioneer life in the midst of today’s hurried pace.
Location: 5705 Highway 22 W, Salem, Oregon, 97304
Hours: Each second Saturday of the month, from Noon to 4PM throughout the year.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call: 503-838-6603
In the last few months, the kitchen floor has been expertly repaired and a new heater has been installed in the kitchen. This will regulate the temperature in the house more efficiently.
The September 24 Apple Cider Festival was well-attended. All the cider produced was sold. Sadly, there were prospective buyers who were left “ciderless” due to the early apple crop. A reminder that human activity is ever-dependent on the weather, just as it was for the pioneers.
Brunk House volunteers are preparing the yard and gardens to rest for the winter.
~ Jo Ann King, Chairman