The Old Wood House: The History and Conservation of a Regional Icon (Windows in Time)


Marvin Sylvester Wood (born in New York in 1836) was a wounded Civil War Veteran; he settled in the Rogue Valley in 1868 and filed a land patent in 1870 to establish a homestead, the Wood House, just north of Eagle Point. Skip Geear and his wife Charlotte have been involved with the Wood House since 2000 when they belonged to the Eagle Point Historical Society. While at the Society, Skip was Wood House Chairman in charge of refurbishing and preserving the Wood House. When the Eagle Point Historical Society was dissolved in 2008, Skip and Charlotte, along with their daughter Becky, formed the Woodhouse Preservation Group, a non-profit organization. The Wood House was conveyed to the Woodhouse Preservation Group by the Eagle Point Historical Society when the Society was officially dissolved.

Since then, the Geear family and volunteers have spent thousands of hours working at the Wood House, adding local historical artifacts inside the house and out for the public to view and enjoy. Join us as Skip Geear and Becky Chong share the history and conservation of this regional icon.

The monthly Windows In Time lunchtime lectures feature well-known writers and historians and bring alive the people, values, and events that shaped our Southern Oregon heritage. Lectures are jointly sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) and Jackson County Library Services.

Old Wood House Video

Volunteers at Work

Celebrating 150 Years!

Farm Festival 2019

Attached are three photos taken from a drone at our Harvest Festival last weekend.

By the way, the big threshing machine and the big tractor in the photos were donated to the Wood House several weeks ago.   They are great editions to the Wood House.