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Hoover-Minthorn House and the Hoover-Minthorn Pear Heritage Tree
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Hoover-Minthorn Pear 🍐 Pyrus communis

Hoover-Minthorn Pear 🍐 Pyrus communis

Called a Winter Pear this tree was planted in 1879 by Jesse Edwards, the Quaker founder of Newberg, Oregon. This property was sold in 1884 to Dr. Henry John Minthorn, uncle and foster father of Herbert Hoover. It’s scenic day trip from our Willamette Valley bed and breakfasts.

Hoover-Minthorn House and marker‘When the 11 year old Hoover arrived here from Iowa in 1885 to live with his uncle John Minthorn and family, he joined in the task of making pear butter and was told that he could eat as many pears as he liked. His experience with pears is best expressed by his own words, “I liked them, but after two days of almost exclusive pear diet, I did not eat pears again for years.” Herbert Hoover went on to become the 31st President of the United States.’

Hoover-Minthorn House and the Hoover-Minthorn Pear Heritage TreeTree Facts

  • Approx. height: 30′
  • Planted in: 1879
  • Circumference: 4′ 7″
  • Dedicated on: August 10, 2005
  • Crown: 27′ – 28′

The Hoover Minthorn Pear and Hoover-Minthorn Historic House are a scenic day trip from our Willamette Valley bed and breakfasts.

April celebrates Arbor Day and Earth Day and we’ll recognize some Magnificent Oregon Trees all month

Arbor Day, much like Earth Day, is a holiday that celebrates nature. Its purpose is to encourage people to plant trees and this year the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will take the opportunity to recognizes our unique, magnificent trees throughout the month of April. Many of these trees, but not all, have been recognized as Oregon Heritage Trees.

Oregon Heritage Trees – Trees that Tell an Historic Story

Oregon has a vast amount of ancient trees across the state that are reminders of not only the their longevity but as their importance to the environment and our Oregon Heritage. Many have been recognize by the Oregon Travel Information Council in their Oregon Heritage Tree program.

These Trees Tell Stories

‘Honored groves, single trees or groups of trees have something in common with one another no matter what the species: they are trees that tell a story; trees that confound and astound; trees that educate both Oregonians and visitors about significant people or events from the past; trees that have survived natural disasters or stand as silent sentries to the passage of time. And that’s only a small part of what makes an Oregon Heritage Tree compelling.’

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

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