Sherwood is a charming community nestled in the Tualatin Valley, southwest of Portland. Home to the annual Robin Hood Festival, Sherwood was named after the Engligh Sherwood Forest, and has all the features of a small town with the benefit of easy access to Portland's urban scene. Sherwood is home to one of the largest YMCA's in all of Oregon, and the small-town vibe extends to new Sherwood home-owners as well as lifelong Sherwood residents.
The City of Sherwood supports a mixture of residential, commercial business and manufacturers and a growth to nearly 17,000 people. Thanks to its historic Old Town commercial district filled with restaurants, boutiques, and antique shops, the lovely parks serving as gathering spot for Sherwood residents of all ages, and safe, welcoming vibe, Sherwood is one of the most charming small towns in Oregon. In 2007, Money magazine placed Sherwood among the twenty most livable towns in America, and in August 2009, Family Circle magazine named the town one of America's most "family friendly" small towns. Come check out Sherwood for yourself and see what all the buzz is about. You'll be transported to a place where Main Street actually means something and neighbors watch out for each other, always ready to lend a hand.
The first wave of settlers to the Sherwood region arrived in 1842, and began to explode during the California Gold Rush of 1849. Sherwwod became a calm middle-ground between the bustling commercial centers of Portland and Oregon City, as the town is located 20 miles from either locale. The town was originally called "Smocktown," a nickname which sticks around today but was declined in favor of Sherwood, after a town meeting was called to rename the community. A prominent businessman, Robert Alexander, suggested the name "Sherwood." According to Post Office records, Alexander was from Sherwood, Michigan, and this was the town that was named after Sherwood Forest England.
The U. S. Postal Department began sending mail to the town of Sherwood, Oregon on July 5, 1891. The main industry in the 1890s was a pressed brick yard which closed in 1896, a victim of the deep recession of 1893. After the economic jump start of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, the Town of Sherwood began to feature many of the Old Town buildings and homes popular in the area.
Robin Hood Festival - Each year, on the third weekend of July, families and friends gather in downtown Sherwood to celebrate the Robin Hood Festival, a weekend of food, dancing, music, crafts, contests, and the Robin Hood Festival Parade. This fun-filled event has been held every single year since 1952.
Sherwood Saturday Market - Located in the City of Sherwood next to City Hall along the Pedestrian Walkway, 22560 SW Pine Street, the Sherwood Saturday Market is the best place in town to find local produce and crafts, where vendors and musicians change weekly so there is always something new to discover. Vendors offer fresh local produce like walnuts, hazelnuts, salad greens, cherries, tomato plants, fresh berries, and more. Garden goodies like bird feeders, unique plants, peonies and topiary stand next to quality handcrafted soap, jewelry, ceramics, cards, toys and original art. Yummy food like kettle corn, doughnuts, cookies and fresh squeezed juices can be found ready-made and waiting for your picnic lunch. It's a place to meet neighbors and make new friends while enjoying the best of the regional bounty.
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