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Rorick House
Rorick House Museum - 300 W. 13th St.
oldest home in The Dalles

Rorick House Museum - [ history of Rorick House ] [ driving directions ] [ city map ]

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Oldest Home in The Dalles

A non-commissioned officer from historic Camp Drum, which later became Fort Drum and then Fort Dalles, built the original two-room portion of the Rorick House about 1850. He chose a site of heavy native basalt so uneven that floor levels, then and subsequently, varied considerably in the absence of a foundation. A fireplace added by a later occupant utilized stone from the fort bakery.

The house with its two adjoining park-like lots has passed through the hands of several people important to The Dalles history including Congressman Malcolm Moody, the Lang sisters and the latest longtime residents, Eck and May Rorick.

Our Society came into possession of the property in the early 1990's and has its headquarters there. We are proud to welcome you to the oldest surviving home in one of the oldest continuously-occupied communities in the West.

Museum docents conduct tours on Saturdays & Sundays, 12 noon to 4 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Museum can be made available on other occasions for special events; write, phone or email us to make arrangements.

The Wasco County Historical Society promotes appreciation of the local heritage by maintaining the 1850 Moody/Rorick House for the public, and by preserving and disseminating historical information about the County's people, places and events


Driving Directions
13th & Lincoln Streets, The Dalles

Arriving in The Dalles on I-84 from the East
  • take EXIT 85 to STOP sign, turn LEFT
  • proceed to next STOP sign, turn RIGHT to 2nd St. (one way), get in LEFT lane
  • proceed 0.7 mi. along 2nd St. to UNION ST., turn LEFT
  • proceed up Union St. to 13TH ST., turn RIGHT
  • proceed 2 BLOCKS to Rorick House (on your LEFT).
Arriving in The Dalles on I-84 from the West
  • take EXIT 82 to STOP sign, turn RIGHT
  • proceed to next STOP sign, turn LEFT to 6th St.
  • proceed 1.3 mi. along 6th St. (straight across the bridge) to STOP sign on
  • proceed along Trevitt St. to 13TH ST., turn LEFT
  • proceed along 13th St. 3 BLOCKS to Rorick House (on your RIGHT)

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map of Rorick House location
Rorick House Location - courtesy of MapQuest


Wasco County Historical Society
Calendar Year 2011 Program
(updated frequently, stay tuned !)

The Society holds its annual meeting in the Autumn. Members gather for a dinner, a brief business session and an invited presentation by a County historian. 2011 calendar year dues for a family are $15 (Individual), $25 (Family), $40 (Sustaining) or $100 (Patron); dinner cost is additional. We invite you to join us and to participate in our activities; print this form , or send us an email to get started !


Other Wasco County History Links

Discovery Center/Museum
Dufur Historical Society
Fort Dalles Museum
Historic The Dalles Days
Original Wasco County Courthouse
St. Peter's Landmark
The Dalles Art Center
The Dalles Mural Society
Wasco County Pioneer Assn.


Contact the Wasco County Historical Society

President: Jon Carlson .................... Secretary: Mary Stocks

mail300 W 13th St, The Dalles, OR 97058-2010


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