Thursday, January 29, 2015

April 17th, 2015 - Honoring Joel Perkins and the little park he gave to the town of Lafayette

Did you know that Joel Perkins Park is older than the state of Oregon??  It became a "public square" used for recreational purposes in 1849,  10 years before Oregon officially became one of the United "states".  Oregon was a "territory" up to that point.  Crazy little piece of trivia, huh?

On April 17th, the state of Oregon is placing a historical marker at this little park to recognize and honor this park's namesake, Joel Perkins, who also happens to be founder of the town.  He donated this block of land to be used as the town's public square when he platted Lafayette.   The earliest known event at the "square" took place in 1850 when it was the starting point for a July 4th parade.  The park itself is also being honored for being the oldest of its kind in Yamhill County.  

The ceremony will start at 12:30pm and will last about a half-hour.   We are so excited to see one of Lafayette's most interesting stories told on this beautiful marker so residents can learn about this town's rich heritage and the Oregon pioneer who started it.  For those who cannot come, the marker will be at the park for all to see at this year's July 4th Liberty Kids Parade and Picnic.  More info. on this year's event will be coming soon!