The city of Cornelius - "Oregon's Family Town" - is in the wine-rich Tualatin Valley, just west of Portland and Hillsboro in Washington County. Cornelius, a community of 10,955 people, truly has something for everyone, from the historic downtown to the rolling hills of countryside dotted with vineyards and amazing views of the valley. Cornelius is a nature-lover's haven, with nine city parks and great fishing, sailing, swimming, bicycling, hiking and picnicking at nearby Henry Hagg Lake. Washington County hosts one of America’s premier wine regions with world class vineyards and tasting rooms within minutes of the town center. Nine beautiful golf courses abound providing a selection to satisfy anyone’s taste. Less than an hour’s drive west is the Oregon Coast, with its green headlands, crashing surf and miles of beautiful sandy beach. Living in Cornelius provides a mix of both the rural and urban, with many local dining options, boutiques, and community services within walking distance of the center of town and many highways offering access to all of the Portland area's numerous attractions and resources. Cornelius is surrounded by rich farmland and award-winning wineries, and surrounding the city you will find high tech, educational, timber, agricultural and service industries taking advantage of the progressive community, skilled workforce, and enviable lifestyle. With great dining, shopping, parks, libraries, and schools, Cornelius is the perfect place to raise a family and explore the best that the Northwest has to offer.


Cornelius was named for Colonel Thomas R. Cornelius, a pioneer of 1845. He was the son of Benjamin Cornelius, who with his family emigrated to Oregon during that year as a member of the Meek party. The City was incorporated in the spring of 1893, and in the 1800’s Cornelius had many small enterprises, a winery cider mill, pickle factory, 2 creameries, 3 sawmills, warehouses, blacksmiths, general stores and drug stores. The founder of the city, T.R. Cornelius, had six children, including two twins. Because of one of those twins' later delivery of triplets and a number of other sets of twins in the family, the town of Cornelius earned the nickname "Oregon's Family Town" and is still a fantastic place to raise a family, large or small.


Corneius architectural styles include: Classical Revival, Second Empire, Italianate, Victorian, Classic (Transitional) Box, Colonial and Georgian Revival, and Bungalow/Craftsman.


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