Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

John Quincy Adams Young House

12050 NW Cornell Road
Beaverton, OR 97229

phone 503/629-6355  fax 503/629-6356 
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John Quincy Adams Young House

The John Quincy Adams Young House, located at 12050 NW Cornell Road in the Cedar Mill area, was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 31, 2008. It was nominated by the Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office following a request by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.

THPRD's Board of Directors subsequently adopted a master plan for renovation and restoration of the house. The JQAY House is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Washington County and is the last remaining above-ground resource associated with the cedar mill for which the community was named.

To join the effort to preserve and restore this important historical property, click here. You can also follow developments with the restoration effort on the John Quincy Adams Young House blog.

JQAY History

John Quincy Adams Young and his family traveled the Oregon Trail in the late 1840s to settle in the Oregon Territory. He built his historic house in 1863 on about a half-acre next to Cedar Mill Creek. Young lived in the New England "salt box"-style house with his wife, Elizabeth Constable Young, and children. In 1869, Young and a partner bought the local sawmill next to Cedar Mill Creek.

The family stayed in the house until 1874, when they built a new house across what is now Cornell Road. Young was appointed postmaster of Cedar Mill that same year. He converted the original house into the community's first general store and post office, and it stayed that way until the end of 1881.

As years passed, the house changed ownership several times. In 2005, THPRD acquired it and a half-acre of land on which the house sits in a property exchange agreement with Cedar Mill Bible Church.

Hours & Holidays

The JQAY House is closed to the public indefinitely until restoration is complete. For more information, please call Lynda Myers at 503/629-6355 or Lisa Novak at 503/645-6433.

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Lisa Novak, Superintendent Programs and Special Activities


This page was last updated on Wednesday May 14 2014 at 1:06 PM.



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