Wayne Morse Farm
Wayne Morse Family Farm
Morse house in Eugene, Oregon
|Location||Eugene, Oregon, USA|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|Governing body||City of Eugene|
|NRHP Reference #||99000066|
|Added to NRHP||1999|
The Wayne Morse Family Farm was the home of Oregon’s long-time United States Senator, Wayne Morse. It is located in Eugene, Oregon. The 27-acre (110,000 m2) site was originally a working farm called Edgewood Farm by the Morse family. It includes the Morse home, a natural wooded area, and open meadow. Formerly named Morse Ranch, the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wayne Lyman Morse was a law professor and independent-minded politician from Oregon. He was born in Wisconsin, but moved to Eugene in 1930, where he taught law at the University of Oregon. In 1944, Morse was elected to the United States Senate as a Republican. In 1952, he left the Republican Party, becoming an Independent. Three years later, Morse joined the Democratic Party. Morse continued to serve in the Senate until 1968. He died in Portland, Oregon in 1974.
The Morse house was built in 1936. It is a colonial revival style home designed by Wallace Hayden. The house is a standard wood-frame structure with shingle siding on a concrete foundation. The interior is furnished with period furniture from the 1930s and 1940s that help preserve the historic integrity of the home. Morse memorabilia is also on display in the house. This includes a large collection of copies of political cartoons featuring Wayne Morse, which were donated to him by the artists. The original collection is maintained by the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Because of its importance to the political history of Oregon, the Morse house and surrounding park was list on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
The historic house is open to the public by appointment and can be rented for special events such as business meeting, weddings, and reunions. However, the size of the home requires that groups be limited to 30 people. The Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation works with the City of Eugene to preserve the Morse house and park. Members of the group give tours, organize events, and maintain the Morse collection exhibits.
Morse Family Farm
In addition to the house, the 27-acre (110,000 m2) park includes a natural wooded area and meadow land. Originally, it was a working farm the Morse family called Edgewood Farm. Today, it is a City of Eugene park with open space, restrooms, picnic tables, and a large picnic shelter which is available for rent from May through October. When the shelter is not reserved, it is open to the public.
The park grounds are open daily from dawn until 9:30 pm Nature walks are a popular attraction. Dogs are permitted in the fenced off-leash dog exercise area. In the summer, the City of Eugene operates a day camp in the park. The Willamette Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which is not affiliated with the Wayne Morse Family Farm, is also located on the grounds of the park. The center rehabilitates injured birds and small animals.
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- "Morse, Wayne Lyman, (1900–1974)", Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, United States Congress, November 11, 2008.
- "Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation", Recreational Services, City of Eugene, Eugene, Oregon, November 11, 2008.
- "Morse, Wayne, Farm", National Register of Historic Places, www.nationalregisterofhistoricalplaces.com, August 26, 2008.
- "The Wayne Morse Ranch Historical Park", MUSE Museums of Springfield/Eugene, Eugene, Oregon, November 11, 2008.