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Shore Acres State Park, Oregon

Shore Acres State Park on the Oregon Coast, southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend, was once the grand estate of pioneer timber baron, Louis Simpson, in the early 20th century.  The estate fell into disrepair after the Simpson house burned to the ground in the early 1900’s and the property was subsequently taken over by Oregon State Parks.  The grounds and gardens have been largely restored to something like their original design and are now open to the public.  I made a brief visit in the early 2000’s and took a few photos.  I really want to go back and spend more time looking around.  Late Spring/early Summer would be ideal.  [Click on any image to enlarge, All photos copyright symbol Max Vollmer]

The grounds with pavilion and staff cottage.
Lily pond.
Lily pond with stone lantern and statuary.
Begonias in the greenhouse.
Shore Acres lives up to its name with a dramatic shoreline.
Tilted beds of sandstone with large rounded boulders embedded in the rock.
Unusual pockmarked rocks are also embedded in the wave washed and eroded sandstone.
Trails follow along the headlands.