Victorian Homes On Astoria’s Hillsides
Named after John Jacob Astor, the City of Astoria, on Oregon’s North Coast is the site of the oldest permanent American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, dating back to 1811. Often referred to as the “Little San Francisco of the Northwest,” Astoria, Oregon is renowned for its picturebook Victorian homes and its steep hills.
A walking tour allows visitors to see scores of beautifully preserved 19th century and early 20th century structures – private homes and public buildings, many of them listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One day of strolling through town will take you past more than 74 historical buildings and sites.
You can step back in time with a visit to the elegant Astoria home built in 1885 by Captain George Flavel, Columbia River bar pilot and the area’s first millionaire. A magnificent example of Queen Anne style architecture with period furnishings and artwork, the Flavel House Museum rests on park-like grounds covering an entire city block.