Peter Britt's Legacy

Britt's children continued to live in the ornate Victorian house after his death. Ultimately the bulk of the estate went to the Oregon University System. The house was destroyed by fire in 1960 and the grounds became a county park. On summer evenings Britt Festival concertgoers continue to enjoy the view as they listen to music under the stars. More than 150 years after a nearly broke Swiss immigrant arrived in a muddy mining camp, his legacy lives through the pictures he took, his paintings, the gardens he planted, and a vital agricultural heritage he helped foster.

PHOTO: 2004 poster for the Britt Festival, by William Phillipa