I love history. I’m particularly fascinated with WW2 Germany. A friend of mine thinks I may have been a soldier in my past life. Perhaps. I absolutely loved going to this museum. Finding the war cemetery was icing on the cake.
The Overloon War Museum is the biggest WWII museum in The Netherland. Right here, the tank battle of Overloon unfolded in the autumn of 1944. The village of Overloon was totally devastated back then. In order to remember the casualties and victims of that episode the museum was founded in 1946, even before the village was rebuilt. Nowadays over 100,000 people visit the museum every year.
The first exhibition is about the occupation of The Netherlands from 1940 till 1945. The second large exhibition, contains over 150 military vehicles and artillery, both from allied forces and German.
In addition to these two main exhibitions there are several smaller presentations, of which the Battle at Overloon presentation is definitely worth a visit. A museum restaurant and a shop completes this museum, which can be found in the so called Liberty Park in Overloon.
Researched and written by Paul Porter and Susan Gibby
July 24, 2014
This elegant and unique Queen Anne style house was built in 1894 for druggist and land speculator Dr. Luke A. Port. It was one of the designs which helped launch the brilliant career of architect William C. Knighton who later served as Oregon’s first State Architect. He also designed many other public and private northwest showcases, including the Oregon Supreme Court Building (1914) during his nearly 50-year career.
The five-acre estate was originally part of the circa 1889, 220-acre Yew Park subdivision. Although Historic Deepwood Estate is now a part of Bush’s Pasture Park, it was never owned by the Bush family.
The interior of the house features warm golden oak woodwork and original Povey Brothers stained glass windows. The formal, English style gardens were among the first commissions by landscape architects Lord and Schryver. Near the parking lot is the City of Salem’s largest public greenhouse.
Another element of the Deepwood Estate is, as it is known today, the Rita Steiner Fry Nature Trail. The trail winds through native trees, plants and wildflowers along Pringle Creek. The Deepwood Estate and Gardens were individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Deepwood is the most significant example of landscape architects Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver’s Northwest work. It is their only garden design that is open to the public. There are three other superb examples of their designs in the area, but they are associated with private residences.
Deepwood Estate acquired its name from the popular children’s book of the day named The Hollow Tree and Deepwoods Book by Albert Bigelow Paine. It is available at the Salem Public Library.