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Belle Passi Chapter

Daughters of the American Revolution

Woodburn, Oregon

DAR Marker 

Belle Passi (Beautiful Place of Peace) was the name given by Reverend Neil Johnson to the small community located on Pacific Highway about one mile south of Woodburn, Oregon. There, he and his wife bought a squatter’s claim.  Soon after, in 1851, he organized the town where they would raise their twelve children.  He named Belle Passi after an Italian community he had read about in a theology book.  Reverend Johnson started the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that same year.  Services were held in a log schoolhouse that was replaced by a new church in 1857. The Oregon Presbyterian Church was founded in Belle Passi.

The first Post Office was established in the area by 1870.  By the late 1800s the neighboring town of Woodburn had grown to be the largest community in the area and, eventually, retained the local Post Office.  Reverend Johnson died at the age of 87.  He and his family are buried in the cemetery behind the old log schoolhouse.  

The Belle Passi Chapter DAR was organized on February 24, 1934. The Organizing Regent was Mrs. W. J. Wilson.

On February 24, 1942, the Belle Passi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed an historical marker on the site of the Belle Passi Community.  

The rock with the DAR marker was relocated to the Belle Passi Cemetery and rededicated on February 16, 2002. 

The Belle Passi Chapter serves members in the communities of Woodburn, Canby, Aurora, Hubbard, and Wilsonville.

The Belle Passi Chapter meets on the first Friday of every month, September through May from 10:00 am - 12 Noon. Meeting locations vary.  Please contact our Chapter Regent for information if you are interested in attending a chapter meeting.

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