The rustic little building at the corner of Third and Pontiac Streets in Yachats has been a part of this coastal community for generations.
Built in the shape of a cross from local timber hauled down the Yachats River, the Little Log Church was completed and dedicated in 1930. It was served by ministers from the Oregon Conference of the Evangelical Church, and later by pastors from the Presbyterian Church. When the congregation grew too large for the little building, members built a new church a few blocks away, and the Little Log Church and property was sold to the Oregon Historical Society on the condition it be maintained as a museum. The site was deeded to the city of Yachats in 1986.
The building underwent a complete restoration in 1993, made possible by enthusiastic community support and the loving hands of volunteer workers.
Today the Little Log Church Museum houses a rich treasure of local historical artifacts as well as contemporary works on loan as exhibits. It is still regularly used for weddings, memorials, and special events in addition to fine arts exhibits.
Little Log Church and Museum
By Mary Crook, Events Coordinator
It’s starting to feel Novembery out there. In spite of the lack of fall crispness in the air, the leaves seem to know when to turn and gently fall to earth to begin the miraculous regeneration of life once again. Our lovely fig tree in the LLC&M’s garden has told us so.
This is also a time when many of us become reflective and think about the things for which we are so very grateful. On my morning walks I often pause to look at our beautiful ocean – don’t care if it’s a blue sky and calm sea, or a dark tumultuous incoming tide. It’s a powerful presence for which I am always explosive with gratitude.
We at the Little Log Church are certainly grateful for our wonderful staff of dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge both our present and our past volunteers.
We’d like to take this time, in this month of thanksgiving, to acknowledge one of our stalwart volunteers who has recently passed. Our former volunteer curator of many years, and my neighbor, Anna Lou Case, died October 11th. She was 98 years old.
Anna kept a low profile here in Yachats. Quiet spoken, truly a gentlewoman, she flew below the radar in this community. Yet she was well-known by almost everyone who had eyes to see. You could see her nearly every day on one of her walks into town, slowly taking her time, accompanied by her walking companion, Dan Serbu, and his two little dachshunds. She, Dan, and “the girls”, would walk to the post office in the morning, and often again to the grocery store in the afternoon. Rain or shine, calm or wind. Occasionally on a stormy day I would offer her a ride home. But she would say, “oh no, I’ll get your car all wet”, or “oh no, I really need the exercise.”
Serbu says Anna Lou was a delightful walking buddy. She was interested in many, many things – philosophy, music, arts, language (she would save the NY Times crossword puzzles for him from her daily newspaper, which she read faithfully). And they laughed together. They walked on those two one-and-a-half mile daily routes up until the day before she suffered a stroke.
Anna Lou was Curator and member of the Board of Directors of the Little Log Church for many years. It was an honor to know her, work with her, and be her neighbor.Our condolences go to her two sons, Clinton, of Nevada, and Marvin, of Battleground, Washington, and their families. A memorial service will be held on December 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Yachats Commons.
Little Log Church & Museum 547-3976
Hours: 12 - 3 pm / M, T, W, F, S & S; Closed Thursday
328 West Third Street / PO Box 712, Yachats OR 97498
Director: Karl Christianson.
City of Yachats Museum Exhibits
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