Welcome to the Zimmerman House

Reservations can be made for private group tours.
Sept – June; Open the third Saturday of every month from 12:00 AM to 4:00 PM
July & August; Open every Saturday from 12:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Thousands of artifacts fill the many rooms of the Zimmerman House. Many hours have and will be spent sorting, inventorying and cataloging this enormous collection. An intact collection of this size, exclusively owned by one family that remained in the same house for over 120 years, is rare among historical house museums throughout the United States.

The Historic Zimmerman House  Museum is a delightful, turn-of  -the-century farmhouse situated  in a rapidly urbanizing area  of Northwest Gresham in East  Multnomah County, Oregon.  The farmhouse is located on  5.98 acres, a remnant parcel  of the original dairy farmstead  that at one time extended  over 600 acres of reclaimed  bottom land along the Columbia  River. The historic Zimmerman  house and 1.58 acres of historical  property was listed on the  National Register of Historic  Places on June 5, 1986.

Isobel Zimmerman as a young girl and in 1992 prior to her death.

From the time Jacob and Lena  Zimmerman purchased the property  in 1869, the Zimmerman family  had continuously lived on  the farm until the death of  their youngest granddaughter,  Isobel Faith Zimmerman in  1992. It was Isobel’s desire  that the house, contents and  remaining 2.38 acres of farmland  be developed as a historic  house museum for future generations. More history here.

In 1987, Isobel joined the  Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical  Society(FRWHS) as a charter  member. Subsequently, Isobel  willed the home to FRWHS for  the purpose of preserving  the house, its comprehensive  collection of artifacts, its  gardens and grounds. In 1994  the land was donated to the  City of Gresham for the purpose  of creating a community park.  FRWHS received title to the  home in 1995. In 1996, the  City purchase an additional  1.5 acres directly west of  the House and in 1997 Kenneth  Holfman, Isobel’s nephew,  donated and additional 2.1  acres to the City bringing  the overall park site to 5.98  acres

In 1997 FRWHS commissioned  Robert Dortignacq of Dortignacq  & Associates Architects,  Portland Oregon, to investigate  the structural integrity of  the house and develop a restoration-rehabilitation  and accessibility plan for  the house.

In 1999, the City of Gresham  commissioned Slusarenko Architecture,  PC to develop a Master Plan  for the development of historical  City of Gresham Park called  the Zimmerman Heritage Farm.

The historic house and the  grounds are managed through  a partnership arrangement  between the City of Gresham  and FRWHS, whereby the City  owns the property and FRWHS  owns the house and its contents.

Interpretive Approach

Interpretation for the Zimmerman  Heritage Farm will focus principally  on the lives and times of  the Zimmerman family and on  dairy farming in East Multnomah  county region. History will  be communicated through living  history presentations, exhibits,  and educational programs and  activities.

If you’d like to help the FRW Historical Society by volunteering as a docent, working in the garden, or helping with general society activities please contact us!