is full of old town charm with a population of just over 8,500. The historic down town sits alongside the Willamette River.
You will find antique stores, galleries, and one of kind shops and restaurants as you stroll the historic streets.
From the 1890s to the 1940s, Independence was known as the Hop Capitol of the World. You can find Rogue Ales and Spirits just on the out skirts of town where they grow their hops and brew their beer. Great place to spend a summer afternoon.
There is a beautiful downtown park and amphitheater that overlook the river. Every summer the River Rhythms Series bring the community together for movies, music and comedy.
Independence lives up to its name. Western Day is the Willamette Valleys most popular Fourth of July Celebration. The four-day celebration touts a parade, carnival, car show, entertainers and two nights of amazing fireworks.
Monmouth is a small neighboring town to Independence with a population of about 10,000. They share elementary, middle and high schools located in Independence. Monmouth is a college town, home of Western Oregon University. WOU is known for it’s teaching and criminal justice academia.
Monmouth is known for being the last dry town in Oregon until 2002. Most of Monmouth is easily accessible on foot. Monmouth hosts Music in the Park in the summer. You will find good restaurants, wine bar, and local shops to cruise through.
Monmouth is a 20-minute drive to either Salem or Corvallis. A short hour and half drive will get you to the coast or to the big city life of Portland.