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Bush House

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Asahel Bush House, Bush's Pasture Park (bobcat)


Asahel Bush II was a local banker and the founder of the Oregon Statesman newspaper, precursor to Salem’s Statesman Journal. He was originally from New England. In 1860, he purchased the property which Bush's Pasture Park now covers. The City of Salem acquired most of the land, except for Bush House, from his heirs in the late 1940s. Upon the death of his last child, Asahel Bush III, in 1953, the house itself came under city management.

Bush House is a Victorian mansion in Italian style completed in 1878. It is a museum of 19th century furniture and décor, and guided tours ($6 entrance fee) are conducted March to mid-December, Wednesday to Sunday afternoons. On the west side of the house, there’s an old orchard and a rose garden. The greenhouse (conservatory) on the east side of the house is one of the oldest in the western United States.

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