Vernonia was settled in 1874 by Clark Parker from Ohio who came to farm the fertile land. Some of the historic names in the community include Spencer, Mellinger, Pringle, Weed and Cherrington.
Vernonia was eventually named for the daughter of one of the original settlers, Ozias Cherrington who moved here in 1876. Her name was Vernona.
The soil was fertile, the climate mild and there was an abundance of streams and wildlife. With the towering old-growth timber, logging became a thriving industry in the mid-1920’s. Vernonia is also home to the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail, the first “rails-to-trails” state park built in Oregon. The trail, built on an abandoned railroad bed, is 21 miles long and goes from Vernonia to Banks. Bring the family for a bike ride or take a walk and enjoy the beautiful nature at its best.
The main street of Vernonia has a historic walking tour. You can also enjoy unique shopping and dining. In the summer, join in on the activities at the park. Vernonia Lake offers boating and fishing and has a playground, rest- rooms and a boat ramp. The lake has a paved walking trail that encircles the lake and connects to Webb Way where you can feed the ducks.
The sawmill may be gone, but Vernonia commemorates their local heritage with the annual Vernonia Friendship Jamboree. The event is held the first week of every August. You can enjoy a historic logging show, parade, fishing derby, live music, Black Powder Rendezvous, and an antique car show.