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Historic walking tour maps are available at the museum!  Pick yours up today!  Tours are often in the summer, based on volunteer availability.  Check out the sites you will see on your historic tour of Cannon Beach (click on the link for more information.)


The 11th Annual Cottage & Garden Tour - September 13 - 14


Weekend Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Luncheon & Lecture - 12:00 p.m. at the Tolovana Inn ($20)

 A light luncheon prepared by Culinary Capers will be accompanied with a lecture by local craftsman, Ed Overbay. The presentation will be on innovations (like the refrigerator) that changed how homes were and are constructed. Luncheon and Lecture tickets are only $20, $15 for Members. The Luncheon & Lecture will be hosted at the Tolovana Inn.


Self-Guided Walking Tour of Homes and Gardens - 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ($30)

There will be ten beach dream homes, well-tended gardens, historic cottages and architectural wonders in Mid-Town Cannon Beach. The tour will feature one of Cannon Beach's most iconic historic homes. The home is perches on a basalt precipice in the middle of Cannon Beach with one of the best views of Haystack Rock. Tickets are $30, $25 for Members.


Concert & Wine Reception - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ($5 if not attending Tour)

Kick off your walking shoes and join us for music by local phenom, Maggie Kitson while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres from Sweet Charity. The winner of the quilt raffle will be announced at 7:00 p.m. Included in cost of self-guided home and garden tour tickets.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brunch & Presentation - 11:00 a.m. at the Tolovana Inn ($10)

The 11th annual tour will wrap with a brunch at the Tolovana Inn catered by Culinary Capers. A garden presentation will be given by local landscape architect and gardener, Beth Holland. Tickets are $10. The brunch will be hosted at the Tolovana Inn.


Tickets are available to purchase separately. Weekend packages are available with a discount for Members. Tickets can purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.




To ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all, please follow these guidelines when touring the homes:

  • Admission is by ticket only, no exceptions.
  • Children are not permitted inside homes without adult supervision.
  • No high-heeled shoes.
  • Booties are provided and must be worn over shoes or socks.
  • No opening of drawers, cabinets, closets, or handling any household furnishings.
  • No smoking, eating, or drinking while on private property.
  • No photography or video cameras allowed inside homes.
  • Do not use the restrooms in tour homes.
  • Do not pick, remove, or alter plants or flowers.


For more information regarding tickets or other events, view the Press Release, or contact the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at 503-436-9301, email at, or visit




Calling All Volunteers!

Looking for a great way to help support a non-profit organization in your community? Get involved by volunteering to help with the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum's annual fundraiser, the 11th Annual Cottage & Garden Tour. By volunteering for this year's tour, you will get a chance to see the homes and gardens free of charge.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum depends on its generous and enthusiastic volunteers to help keep Cannon Beach's history alive and growing. They are also the heart and soul of the History Center and we simply could not operate without them.
We are going into the 11th year and expect this year's tour to be another successful event; however, we need your help!

There are a variety of ways you can assist in making this event run smoothly and successfully and here's ways that you can help.

Volunteer shifts available:

Saturday, September 13th
Home Docent from 12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Home Docent from 2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering for this year's tour, please call (503-436-9301) or email us at for more information.



Interested in advertising in the 2014 Cottage & Garden Tour program? You'll reach hundreds of potential customers who are interested in supporting local businesses -- everything from home remodeling and real estate to restaurants and wine.
For more information, contact Executive Director, Elaine Murdy-Trucke, or you can fill out a Sponsorship Form and mail to the address listed.







In addition to sharing the rich history and amazing homes that make up in Cannon Beach, the goal of the annual Tour is to raise funds for the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. This fundraiser contributes a significant amount of the non-profit's annual income. Thank you to our generous sponsors who have helped contribute to this year's tour!

2014 Cottage & Garden Tour Sponsors by level:

Platinum Sponsors:

Tolovana Inn, Coaster Construction

Gold Sponsors:

Martin Hospitality, Twietmeyer Properties, Driftwood Inn, Kimberley Speer-Miller

Silver Sponsors:

Cannon Beach Property Management, Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals

Bronze Sponsors:

EVOO, Haystack Lodgings, Inn at Cannon Beach, The Lodges, Lucky Duct, Ocean Lodge, Sam's Seaside Cafe

Special thanks to the City of Cannon Beach, Costco, Fellner & Kuhn, Fred Meyer, & Tom Olsen Jr.



The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a non-profit, 501 C-3 tax-exempt corporation (I.D. #94-3140644). 

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