Welcome to Lincoln, Oregon
Lincoln is the name of the small saw mill town built in the late 1920′s. The grounds held a company store, a cookhouse, five family homes, five cabins for workers and a bunkhouse which accommodated additional mill workers. Since coming to Lincoln in 1975, we’ve converted these buildings to our unique purposes.
Upon arrival at Lincoln, students choose whether they would like to live in one of five cabins located on the north side of the road or in one of the five Bunkhouse apartments on the south side. Each dwelling sleeps four or five in two or three bedrooms and has its own kitchen, bath and living room. Every cabin sports a cedar porch for warm days and a wood stove for cold ones. Students buy and prepare their own meals and quite often choose to make this a communal effort.
Students use the cookhouse as a recreational building for ping pong, pool, music and group meals. The “company store” houses the library, classroom, computer lab, faculty offices and laundry facilities. A cedar-sided forest chapel hosts weekly vespers services and the Lincoln Christian Church.
As much as possible, we try to live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. We recycle, feed our food scraps to the chickens, and try to reduce our energy usage. Students help maintain the property. On Friday afternoons, we gather for a few hours of work – collecting and chopping firewood, performing grounds keeping duties, and cleaning the library and cookhouse.
Lincoln is situated in the heart of the forests of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Students can mountain bike, jog, ride horses, cross-country ski and hike the network of mountain trails and logging roads. Our students use a nearby playing field for games of soccer, football, softball and ultimate frisbee. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, stretching from Canada to Mexico, crosses our neighborhood just a few miles down the road.
Ashland, a charming little college town and home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, nestles in the valley about twenty miles away. That’s where we go for groceries, dinners out, movies, concerts, book stores, and coffee houses. A play or two at the Shakespeare Festival is included in each fall’s academic program.