Oregon Map

North Willamette Valley

Washington, Yamhill, Polk, Multnomah, Clackamas, and north Marion counties


Yamhill County, 97127

This little town, in the heart of Yamhill county wine country, is perhaps best known for the Lafayette School House Antique Mall. This mall is one of a chain of four malls which are all excellent. If you like antique shopping this is a very nice stop. Only a short distance south of town near the McMinnville airport is the new air museum that houses the famous Spruce Goose airplane built and flown (once) by Howard Hughes. This is the largest wooden airplane ever built and so the new museum is very large also. The museum was in the final stages of construction in December, 2000 when I took the photo so check for an opening date before you go. (Now expanded to four huge buildings--06/01/2010). (Now including a large waterpark! 07/2012). Somewhere I have photos of the Spruce Goose being barged up the Willamette near Oregon City. I will have to dig those out.

A Trappist monastary is located just north of Lafayette. Because of the trees it is difficult to get a photo. They are well known for their fruitcakes and sell them on Amazon.