Welcome to Philomath
Strong community spirit steeped in a rich history
From its provenance, the town of Philomath has been ingrained with a remarkable sense of community. While most towns were constructed before building a school, Philomath was actually built around a school. In 1865, volunteers gathered to build a college, even helping the mason fire the bricks for the building. They named their institution Philomath College, the name Philomath originating from two Greek words for "lover of learning."
After their school was erected, the town developed around it and took on the name of the college. Today Philomath is known for its extraordinary community involvement. In the last several years, residents have banded together to build a fire station and facilities for its local schools. The neighborhood has many organizations comprised of local volunteers willing to serve their community.
Once the town grew around Philomath College, it flourished and developed a thriving logging industry. After World War II, the demand for lumber grew, along with the number of sawmills freckling the town. Though Philomath College closed in 1929, it became one of the sites on the National Register for Historic Places in 1972. Other historical markers are the Monteith House, Ritner Creek Covered Bridge, Camp Adair Memorial Garden, and other singular sites and buildings that comprise the neighborhood's rich history.
What to Love
- The lush forest outlining the community
- Local wineries
- The farm-to-table community
- Being located near the coast and at the base of Saint Marys Peak
- Fishing on the Alsea River
- The extraordinarily tight-knit community
Philomath is nestled at the base of the highest peak of the Coast Range and less than an hour away from Oregon's coast. This provides residents with diverse recreational opportunities such as hiking or biking, fishing, or wine-tasting events. Oregon State University is nearby, providing locals with many athletic events.
There are numerous historical sites and buildings for those who appreciate learning about history. A tour of the Benton County Historical Society & Museum is another way for locals to pursue their appreciation of history, arts, and culture. One can even walk around the town to take in historic covered bridges, cemeteries, and homes.
Residents can keep active while enjoying the neighborhood's beauty in its beautiful green spaces. The many outdoor events and community organizations allow residents to gather while spending time outside. A close-knit community atmosphere highlights all the local gatherings.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The local eateries in Philomath offer diverse options for its residents. Gathering Together Farm provides a unique dining experience with fresh produce for purchase at its farmstand and delicious fare served in its rustic restaurant. Dirt Road Brewing is a quaint brewpub serving tasty homemade pizzas, wings, and a selection of distinctive brews. The Dizzy Hen has excellent food, pastries, and drinks in a warm and friendly environment, while Eats & Treats is a committed gluten-free venue providing dining-in and al fresco options.
Wine connoisseurs have myriad options for quenching their thirst in Philomath. Lumos Wine Co. is located on the owners' historic family farm, where they grow their grapes to make award-winning wines. One can visit the tasting room and even bring their fur babies to hear live music and attend other events. Cardwell Hill Cellars is another venue for locals to savor excellent locally-made wine and participate in various events.
Things to Do
Philomath's downtown area has been renovated and renewed for maximum walkability. One of its downtown attractions is the Philomath Farmers' Market. The market serves as the meeting place for local farmers and vendors to share their bounty with the community.
Philomath Frolic & Rodeo Inc is an event steeped in history. Once proclaimed the rodeo capital of the world, Philomath's rodeo has emerged as one of the community's most attended and loved events. Another exciting yearly event is the Summer Music in the Park Concert Series. With music from various genres throughout the summer, this series draws the community together for fun and enjoyment.
Philomath City Park is a dog-friendly 10-and-a-half-acre park with Newton Creek running through it. The whole family can visit and enjoy the day with picnic tables, a baseball field and skating park, a horseshoe pit, and a fitness area. Philomath Scout Lodge Inc is a culmination of a boy scout troop's dream and their volunteer work to create a space in the wetland area and natural habitat in Philomath. Their dream of owning a few acres was driven and surpassed by what is now a 58-acre natural wildlife area that locals can visit and explore.