Originally built as a Poor Farm to help homeless Portlanders have a purpose, residents worked the 300 acre surrounding farm as payment for housing. During the Depression it became a place of creativity out of necessity. Abandoned by 1980's, the property was renovated by McMenamin brothers of Portland. Local legends say it is still reportedly haunted by old souls. Brought back to Life, it still serves as a creative hot spot, with a Winery, Brewery, Restaurant, Movie theater, Hotel, Spa and outdoor Concert venue. The Gardens have steampunk inspired ironwork torches with flames that light the country paths at night. Bistro tables are set among the trees, setting the stage for a romantic Pacific Northwest evening.