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Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

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About Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is a historical wedding venue located in Eugene, Oregon. Apart from ceremonies and receptions, this classic Victorian-style house can host an array of wedding events including wedding showers, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners. Carefully preserved for over 130 years, this venue is perfect for couples looking to celebrate the beginning of their new lives together in a place that boasts a proud American legacy.

Facilities and Capacity

For indoor celebrations, Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is suitable for smaller guest lists of 50 to 65 people, with a maximum of 40 for seated affairs. For couples choosing to take advantage of the house, as well as its outdoor property, this venue can host up to 120 guests. An on-site fully-equipped kitchen ensures that all necessary preparations can take place close to the action. The exterior of the house features classic architecture almost castle-like in style, surrounded by lush Oregon flora. Inside the house, couples will find antique lounge furniture, ornate rugs, and other various decorative elements reminiscent of its rich past. On the upper floor, guests have access to private get-ready rooms, while the main floor is wheelchair accessible.

Services Offered

It is the principal goal of the administrative personnel of Shelton McMurphey Johnson House to share this historical landmark with couples planning their special day. Catering services are offered for cocktail receptions, in buffet format, and include dessert selections. WiFi available on-location ensures that wedding guests stay connected. Tables and chairs are provided to fulfill any seating requirements.


Also referred to as The Castle on the Hill, Shelton McMurphey Johnson House was originally built in 1887 for Adah and Thomas Winthrop Shelton. Their daughter, Alberta later married Robert McMurphey, the second namesake of the estate. Beyond acting as a family home, at one period the property was also a farm to a certain extent and housed a number of horses, cows, and chickens. After the deaths of the original family members, Eva and Curtis Johnson purchased the home and, aside from residing there, used it as a base for their psychology practices. Eva had been a close friend of the Shelton McMurphy family and after her death, the manor became transferred ownership to the city of Eugene. It now opens its doors to the general public, sharing a piece of American history and architecture with interested visitors.


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