Seal Rock, Oregon
Seal Rock Garden Club & Community Center

With so many abundant flora growing naturally along this region, a garden club had to be formed out of pure necessity and love of nature! Address: 10377 NW Rand Street, PO Box 41, Seal Rock, OR 97376 (next to the Seal Rock Fire Station
Contact: Mary Aebi, Publicity, Seal Rock Garden Club. Tel: 541-547-3268

Green Sale: In December before Christmas. Wreaths, swags, holiday greens, table decorations.
Plant Sale: In June. Plants, flowers, trees that are ideal for the coast. Also floral arrangements to inspire you!

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Blue Boy Rhodie by B. Goody
Blue Boy Rhodie by B. Goody
Pink Rhodie by B. Goody
Pink Rhodie by B. Goody

The Seal Rock Garden Club was formed in 1948 and although some minutes were lost, Nell McDuffie related that in it's early days "Seal Rock was a tiny, isolated community where a few campers and hotel guests came to enjoy the ocean, the fishing, the Indians, the quiet and peace. There was a hotel on the cliff, a few "Russell Cottages" for visitors, room for campers where the (Seal Rock) State Park is now, a General Store and Repair Shop, a Post Office, a restaurant (Swiss Village), and a livery stable."

Foxgloves   Blue Lupine
Foxgloves & Blue Lupine by B. Goody

Plans were developed to build a clubhouse and a lot was purchased for $400.00. Mr. Otto Boech, a member, brought his 'cat' from Beaver Creek and cleared and leveled the lot for free. Mr. Larry Kauffman donated gravel for an entry road. Plans to build were abandoned in April 1950 when the Forest Service sent word out about an auction of old buildings from Camp Angell ("Camp 56") in Waldport which had house conscientious objectors during World War II.(1)

The Seal Rock Community Club members decided to bid on one of the larger buildings up for auction. This one had a kitchen and was larger than the barracks type. The bid was $305.00 agreed upon that evening, but that night, the President, Ray Hall, had a dream that someone bid the same amount and urged Mr. Jones to "get reckless" and bid $306.00. As it turned out, someone had bid $305.00, so Seal Rock won the building by $1.00.

Freckled Pink Rhodie
Freckled Pink Rhodie by B. Goody

The Camp Angell buildings were originally constructed in 1920 making this probably the oldest standing structure in SEAL ROCK. At 50 years old, the building needed to be moved from Waldport to SEAL ROCK and the Club had no more money to spend. Their daring plan was to cut the building into three separate pieces and move it on trucks to its current location.  With many willing workers and three borrowed trucks, they did just that - in one day! Two months later, the first meeting was held. Membership swelled to 121 by year's end and donations helped to furnish, renovate and bring the building to life.

A picture was donated by it's painter, William Anderson Marshall, a retired engineer. Marshall had painted scenery and backdrops for the old "Baker Stock Company", and now he set to work on a scene of a bit of Beaver Creek looking down Elkhorn Cook Ranch. According to his daughter, Winona Cook, the painting was too big to go through his door, so he spent four months painting it on his porch. Marshall also built "The Stone House" at the stop of Seal Rock Street by carrying the stones for the foundation up from the beach.

White Flowers
White Flowers by B. Goody

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for their contribution of historical information.

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Seal Rock, Oregon