Neahkahnie Mountain

Nehalem Valley Historical Society Presents “Telling it Like it Was," four presentations in history, held on the second Saturday of March, April and May at 3 p.m. at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave.

The events are free and open to the public. 

On March 9, the series presents “Surveying Neahkahnie’s Treasure Rocks” presented by Phil Costaggini, researcher, author, and vice president of the Sir Francis Drake Association of Oregon and California. Learn about the genesis of Costaggini’s three-year journey to produce his thesis: “Sir Francis Drake’s Northwest Exploration: An Historical Discussion and Survey of Artifacts at Neahkahnie Mountain.” 

On April 13, the topic is “Early Twentieth Century Timber Workers — Songs and Stories” presented by James Cook, Oregon Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association. Hear stories and enjoy photographs about Oregon’s north coast lumber camps and mills during the early decades of the twentieth century. Special guests musicians Scott Butler and Mark Loring of the duo Audio Tattoo will perform songs of Oregon workers’ life in the woods and mills. 

On May 11, the series concludes with “A. E. Doyle’s and Ellis Lawrence’s Beach Architecture” presented by Phil Niles, historian and author of “The Beauty of the City: A. E. Doyle, Portland’s Architect.” Learn how two architects recognized the beauty of the north Oregon coast in the 1900’s through their design of summer homes on Neahkahnie Mountain and the once flourishing Neahkahnie Tavern that was perched above the beach in Manzanita. Introduction by David Wiegan, director of the North County Recreation District, an A.E. Doyle designed campus from the 1920’s, and NVHS Board Member.

The Nehalem Valley Historical Society is headquartered in the lower level of the historic Pine Grove Community House and maintains archives and exhibits featuring the history of the lower Nehalem Valley. This lecture series is sponsored by NVHS members and volunteers, the city of Manzanita, and the Old Wheeler Hotel. For more information visit, or email

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