Forest Grove has a unique role in Pacific Northwest history. It is a city of rich heritage and a testament to Oregon’s pioneering spirit. It quickly became the educational and agricultural (and religious) backbone of Washington County well before statehood.
With four National Historic Districts and individually listed structures recognized on the local cultural resource inventory, Forest Grove offers varied opportunities to explore our special place in history.
Whether walking, cycling or driving, explore historic neighborhoods shaded by Oregon White Oaks, Douglas Fir, Giant Sequoias. Enjoy the downtown with buildings dating back over 100 years and Pacific University campus grounds with its many trees and diverse architecture. The variety of structures, parks, school grounds and open spaces represent the social, economic and architectural trends of the past 170 years.