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The “Witch’s House” in Forest Park

In Grimm TV Locations Uncategorized / Jan 2, 2015
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The “Witch’s House”, or stone hut, in Portland’s Forest Park.

One of my favorite walks in Forest Park is from Lower MacCleay Park up to the Stone House. From there, you can continue on to Pittock Mansion for a longer hike, or turn and loop back to the Northwest Heights Neighborhood and mix of a bit of urban site-seeing into your walk.

The Stone Hut is also called the “Witch’s House”, although in reality, it’s a former bathroom built by the WPA during the Depression.  It was already in poor repair when the Columbus Day Storm knocked the roof of the building in 1962. Instead of fixing it, the city removed the plumbing and such and left the structure as-is, and creating a (I assume accidental) “haunted” attraction.

I’ve read stories claiming there’s the ghost of a witch living in this area of the woods and tie it back the real-life execution of Danford Blanch. In 1859, after being found guilty of murdering his son-in-law in front of witnesses on the Stark Street Ferry, Blanch was the first public execution in Portland. Supposedly his widow, daughter, or even Blanch himself haunts the forest around his old homestead, which includes part of Forest Park and the Northwest Heights Neighborhood.

With its moss-covered building and creepy ambiance, this is a natural filming site for Grimm. Added props to the show for using the stone hut as the location for Adalind to lose her powers when fighting with Nick. (Episode: “Love Sick”. Season One.)

You can climb the stairs to the top of the house, and also enter the ground-level rooms. There’s quite a bit of graffiti inside which is both annoying (the defacing public property aspect), and impressive (graffiti artists who hike).

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The stairs leading to the second floor of the Stone House / Witch’s House in Forest Park.

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  • Reply Kelly Mast October 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    My husband and I visited on or about 10-22-2015 and we enjoyed the hike, took some pictures of the house and the tree with the cool knotts and I reviewed the pictures while I was still there and all was good after hiking back up to our car I went to take another look at the pictures and every picture on my phone was gone not just the ones with the house but all of my photos has this happened before?

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