Newberg, Oregon

 

Newberg is located about 25 miles southwest of Portland on US Highway 99W on the northeast side of Yamhill County. Although situated in the direction of the metropolitan area's greatest growth, it remains buffered from such growth by forests and farmlands.

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Area Attractions
Backroad Wineries of Yamhill CountyBackroad Wineries of Yamhill County
Drive and admire expansive views, enjoy bucolic scenery, savor samples of world famous wines as you explore the backroad wineries of Yamhill County.
Herbert Hoover's HomeHerbert Hoover's Home in Newberg
Visit the boyhood home of Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States, where he lived from 1885 to 1889. The pear tree in the back yard, planted in 1879, still produces pears.
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Le Puy A Wine Valley InnLe Puy A Wine Valley Inn
An 8-room destination inn. Guests are invited to come to re-balance themselves with the tranquil setting, good food, spa amenities and fresh atmosphere.
Escape, Come Alive, Breathe Free.

Mountains surrounding the community and the broad Willamette River create a natural bowl and a feeling of separation cherished by most of Newberg's citizens. To Newberg's east are the Cascade Mountains with skiing and hiking, and to the west lies the Pacific Coast with many beautiful beaches. Countless rivers and forests are within easy driving distance, offering boating, fishing, and hunting opportunities. Several golf courses are located in the county.

Portland, with all of its cultural attractions, is just 45 minutes away. The relaxed pace and friendly people solidify the impression of a community interested in and concerned about its history, charm and values.

History: The area called Champoeg, seven miles southeast of Newberg, was settled first by Hudson Bay Company trappers. Even before Newberg had much activity, Champoeg was the site of the formation of the Oregon provisional government (1843). An influx of pioneers subsequently found the Newberg area attractive and began clearing land for farming. In 1869, the first postmaster, Sebastian Brutscher, named the town of Newberg after his Bavarian hometown of Newburgh. In the 1870's, William Hobson, a zealous Quaker minister from Iowa, visited Oregon. After determining that the rainfall, temperature and agricultural productivity was suitable, he settled in Chehalem Valley and began preaching. He attracted a sizeable number of Quakers to the valley, mainly from Indiana and Iowa. In 1884, the Quakers started building Pacific Academy (now George Fox University) and a year later Dr. Henry Minthorn assumed the position of superintendent of the Academy. In the same year (1885), Herbert Hoover, at the age of 9, came to liewith the Minthorns, his aunt and uncle. Hoover's parents had died a few years before and Newberg was to become the boyhood home of the 31st president for the next five years. Records show that in 1887 the population of the Newberg area had grown to 200 persons. Newberg became incorporated as a town in 1889 and as a city in 1893. All this activity was documented by the Newberg Graphic which began in 1888. Newberg's early history was marked by gradual growth and continues that pattern today.