Feller House Bed and Breakfast Barn Quilt
Our little town of Aurora is commemorating its 160th anniversary of its founding this year. We thought it appropriate to remember the colonists and their craftsmanship by adding a barn quilt for our neighbors and passersby to enjoy. The Aurora Colony members were known for their skill and craftsmanship and working together to complete community projects. Each were known for their special skill and shared it with their community. The colonists were descendants of old world craftsmen. Among the crafts they shared were furniture building, basket making, metal products and textiles including quilt making.
We painted our barn quilt patterned after an Aurora Colony quilt made in 1870, the Cookie Cutter quilt, which is now part of the Old Aurora Colony Museum’s collection.
Visit the Old Aurora Colony Museum’s new exhibit “Pieces of the Puzzle”which explores the rich history of Aurora and her French Prairie neighbors. The original Feller family was among those neighbors.
We hope our neighbors, guests and passersby will enjoy our new addition as much as we will!
Feller House about 1900
Many joined in the celebration last weekend of this old house and her 150 years. More importantly were the stories and memories shared by Margaret Feller Meek of her family and the first seven years of her life spent here in the old farmhouse her great grandfather, Peter Feller, and family built in 1865. Peter came to America from France and met a German girl named Anna while aboard the ship and by the time they reached America, they had become good friends. Peter and Anna were married nearly a year later after traveling up the Mississippi River to Illinois. They had three children before Peter got a job driving wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. He later went back and got his family, came around the Horn and settled in Butteville. They later purchased this property and built the house.
As we stood in what is now our guest living room, Margaret proudly shared that she was born in that room 89 years ago when it was her parents bedroom. She told special stories of her family living here and shared pictures she had brought as well. We enjoyed hearing how the house has changed since the days when her family lived here as well as about how the Oregon Electric Railroad, which ran from Portland to Eugene, and went right through her families’ property. It made its last run through Donald when she was seven years old. It was converted to steam at that time and later to diesel.
This open house event was so special to Margaret that she brought many family members from near and far to share it too. Also present was a former resident who lived here in his youth from 1943 to 1962.
Margaret Feller Meek
Come and see what our historic town of Aurora has to offer! Stroll the historic district’s streets as homes and businesses compete in the annual scarecrow contest during the month of October.
Businesses will be featuring table setting ideas for the holidays and the the Aurora Colony Museum will be bursting with quilts for the annual quilt show October 9 – 18th.
Visit our Legion Hall on October 17th from 10:00 until 4:00 where local artisans and crafters will gather to offer their best. Taste fresh roasted coffees and local chocolates while filling your shopping bags with fresh jams, handcrafted soaps, candles and other crafts. Take home a pumpkin too and don’t forget to order your Christmas greenery, wreaths and trees.
Aurora also offers eateries, wineries, a golf course and much more…including Feller House Bed and Breakfast just a short way from town. We, at the Feller House are offering a free u-cut Christmas tree with a reservation made in October for the holidays.
See you in Aurora!
Spending a few days at the Feller House
Feller House Bed and Breakfast is hosting a special visitor this week.
The Red Chair Travels began its adventure in winter of 2012 when an innkeeper posted a picture on Facebook of her simple red chair on the ice behind her house.
A photographer from California was inspired to travel to New England to visit the inn and took a second picture of the chair on a local beach.
The Red Chair then began its journey through New England on a nine month tour.
Red seemed to be becoming a celebrity everywhere he went so thanks to a partnership with BedandBreakfast.com, the journey began across the United States in an
awareness program focusing on hospitality and friendless of bed and breakfasts. Since its start in New England, B&B’s and inns have taken many inspiring photos of the Red Chair from beaches to bandstands. It arrived in Oregon in February of this year and will be visiting many of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild B&B’s and inns. See more at the Red Chair Travels.
We have been having fun showing Red around this part of the Willamette Valley.
Coffee by the fire at the Feller House
Going to visit the quaint little town of Aurora before moving on!
Visiting the Oregon State Capitol
. A PDX Icon
A share of the PDX carpet phenomenon that has been said to have inspired beer flavors and even poetry, has made its way to Aurora. Nagl Floorcovering located in our small town of Aurora, has been serving the greater Portland area since 1958, and was recently awarded one of the four winning bids to recycle 1000 yards each of the iconic PDX carpet to the public. An estimated 300 million travelers have trod on the carpet since it was installed in 1987. To many Oregonians, the carpet has been a welcome home sign and has become part of Portland’s culture.
Randy Schultze of Nagl Floorcovering and My PDX Carpet has had both national and international requests for samples to be made into wall art, coasters, floor mats and area rugs from fans wanting to latch on to a piece of history.
The company will be giving back to the city by donating a minimum of 5% of the profits to three Portland charities. Recipients are Outside In, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and Portland Rescue Mission.
Come and visit Aurora and while you are here, stay at Feller House Bed and Breakfast. We are only a short 20 minutes from PDX!