In the late 1800’s many Friends (Quakers) came to the Northwest from Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, settling several colonies. These colonies included (but not limited to) Newberg and Scotts Mills in Oregon, and Greenleaf in Idaho. Many Friends from the Northwest can trace their lineage through the small town of Scotts Mills and its surrounding boroughs.
The Scotts Mills “meeting house” (as Friends traditionally call it) was built in 1893 but blew down in high winds shortly thereafter, and the current-day meeting house took its place in 1894, built from old-growth timbers and furnished with pews made by the Scotts Mills Furniture Company. Cushions were added in 2019, and the well used pews were retired in November 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic in favor of chairs that could more easily maintain the required 6 foot distance, and making the room more open and spacious.
Through the years Scotts Mills Friends have had a rich history of growing missionaries who have traveled the world, raising pastors and teachers, and most importantly, cultivating servants of all stripes who love deeply and move in the Spirit of Jesus.
History buffs will enjoy Jonathan Gault’s history of Scotts Mills and surrounding area, Digging For Friends, kindly hosted by the University of Oregon Geography Department; also, the Scotts Mills Historical Society has a brief history available online as well.
Finally, the Northwest Yearly Meeting website hosts a brief history of Friends for those interested in the history of The Religious Society Of Friends (Quakers).