Tualatin’s Jewel… The Sweek House


Almost hidden from view behind the railroad tracks and a row of trees, sits a stately Southern Colonial home along Boones Ferry Road, built by John and Maria Sweek. The Sweeks, like other Oregon Trail pioneers
of 1853, lived in a log cabin for the first few years. Then in 1858 they began erecting the building we now call Sweek House. They called their place “Willowbrook,” naming it for the willows that grew along the creek.

Tualatin History



  1. Just a FYI that I am a great great grandson of the Sweek’s. Ella Sweek was my grand mother.
    In 1997, My Aunt Mae, cousin Sue and myself were given the “Royal” tour by Althea.
    I also remember being at the house when I was about 6 year’s old or around 1949.

  2. Ella Sweek was my great grandmother’s (Ollie Zoe) eldest sibling. My 95 year old mother used to visit Aunt Ella in the Sweek house as a child with her grandmother. She recalls how Hing would take her into the kitchen and to eat cookies and tea. She remembers his queue and that he dressed in his traditional Chinese Happi coat. Thanks to all who have nurtured this wonderful old house and kept its history alive.

  3. I am the grand daughter of Wesley Lawrence Sweek, my mother is sharon may sweek aka wilder daughter of wesley sweek of tigard.


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