University Advancement

Historic Gentle House to host haunted house fundraiser

The Historic Gentle House at Western Oregon University will host a Haunted House fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendees will take a self guided spooky tour of the home, and will receive free candy. Admission is $5 for general admission and $3 for students with an ID. All proceeds go towards the restoration, maintenance and promotion of this historic home, which is administered by the WOU Foundation and Friends of Gentle House volunteer organization. Not recommended for small children.

Heather Thompson, WOU student staff worker for the Gentle House is in charge of coordinating the event, “I was really excited to work on an event like this, as we are trying to bring more and more events to this great venue.”

Sandy Newland, Manager of Gentle House at the WOU Foundation stated, “This is a great opportunity for us to show the versatility of this venue and involve the local community members, WOU students, and middle school and high school students in a safe and fun Halloween event.”

The Gentle House Story
On a crisp February day in 1911, Thomas Gentle, his wife, Carrie, and their four sons and daughter arrived by train in Oregon from Wisconsin. Gentle had just accepted the position as head of the campus elementary training school at Oregon Normal School, now Western Oregon University. He brought with him some rather innovative training ideas that he acquired while studying in Germany, and little did he know that someday the elementary teacher education program at this small college in Oregon would become nationally famous due in part to his contributions.

The farmhouse that the family purchased on North Monmouth Avenue was part of an original land grant to the Butler Family, early settlers in Monmouth. Historians report the house was built around 1880 by the son of J.B.V. Butler for his family of eleven children. After changing hands several times, it was purchased by the Gentle Family in 1914 and remained in the family until the daughter, Catharine, donated it to the WOU Foundation in 1981 to be used by the college and community for genteel entertaining.

Today, the renovated home still retains its 19th century grace and charm.

For more information contact the Gentle House offices in the WOU Foundation: 503-838-8673 or 

THIS ATTRACTION MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES. Young children should not be allowed in this haunted house. Women who are pregnant and individuals who suffer from heart conditions, high blood pressure, asthma, seizures, light sensitivity, claustrophobia, or any other health condition that could be aggravated by these special effects should consider this warning before purchasing a ticket.

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