The World of Edgefield
Historic Edgefield, was built in 1911 along the trolley line that ran from Portland to Troutdale. Encompassing a 74-acre parcel of farmland at the mouth of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Edgefield is designated a National Historic Landmark. Originally called the "Multnomah County Poor Farm', its role was housing the indigent. Here they had an opportunity to learn how to become self-sufficient through farming and other skills. The low-income people were joined by jail trustees to work together on the farm and actually showed a profit from their labors. During the depression, over 600 people sought refuge here. It was renamed the 'Multnomah County Home and Farm" in 1947. Postwar social programs of the 1950s reduced the need for the home and the farming operations were eventually phased out. During the late 1950s the complex was renamed Edgefield Manor and served as a nursing home until 1982 when it was closed and left to neglect. The Troutdale Society worked hard to save the buildings from demolition and were able to interest business entrepreneurs to purchase the properties. Almost all the structures have been remodeled or restored into one of the largest resort/bed and breakfast complexes in the state. Here you will find a winery, wine-tasting rooms, brewery, distillery, several eating establishments including the Black Rabbit Restaurant Bar , glass-blower and potter, a 59-bed B&B area complete with ballrooms and convention meeting areas, a movie theater, concert theater, pubs, golf course, soaking pool and beautifully restored grounds. Tours are provided daily. Website.