"The original McDougal store building now belongs to the Long Valley Preservation Society. Please refer to their website for details of their plans for the building.
The contents of the Roseberry General Store will be sold at auction on August 15th. We invite everyone to join us that day. Most of you know what a unique collection of antique general store items Frank has collected for 46 years. Other antiques from Kathy and Frank's home and other items from Frank's collections will also be sold. It will be an auction never seen before since B H McDougal sold out in 1938!"
The Roseberry General Store
Roseberry, Idaho is nestled in a beautiful valley within the Rocky Mountains, just 2 hours North of Boise. Surrounded by beautiful green pastures, mountain lakes and 360 degree views, you wouldn't know it today, but in 1911 Roseberry was the largest town in Valley County.
The town was thriving, and had everything from flour and saw mills, a beautiful 5-sided Hotel, brass band, baseball team and many schools.
Then in 1914 the railroad decided to lay tracks 1 1/2 miles west, and Donnelly was created. After that Roseberry just started fading away as a town, but the Roseberry General Store had a good business and stayed open until 1939 when it closed its doors for good. It sat vacant until the 1950's when it was used as a honey house, where they canned and sold honey. Then in 1969 Frank Eld bought it, and started restoring the Store and town site - one building at a time. In 1971 Frank Eld and his mother Ella Eld started the Valley County Museum, and in 1973, he moved his first building to Roseberry. It was the Methodist-Episcopal Church original to Roseberry, but had been moved to Donnelly after the railroad came through. He was able to sit it within 7 feet of its original site.
The Roseberry General Store still stands where it was built in 1905. When you walk through the doors you take a step back in time over 100 years ago, when a gum ball still costs a penny, and you can still find long handled underwear. We also have nostalgic and hard-to-find gifts, old fashioned toys and candy, vintage replica tin signs and thermometers, Finnish knives, Finnish-Scandinavian-European gifts, Byers Choice Carolers, Breyer horses, local and Finnish books, Roseberry label wine, and even a suit of armor.
The Roseberry Store and Museum today
The Store and town site today are a collection of over 20 old and historic buildings from all over the valley, including Finnish cabins from early settlers, a Finnish Blacksmith Shop, the old McCall City Hall, a Carriage House, Bandshell, one room School House and much more. For most of these buildings, Roseberry has saved them. Where most people see firewood, Frank sees the potential. When you visit Roseberry you will see a living history project still undergoing transformation and growth. Frank's latest addition was also his largest - a 1912 Finnish barn which was dismantled in 2008 and completed summer of 2009, just in time for a music festival.
You are always welcome in Roseberry, and summers are beautiful here. Whether you are young or young at heart, there is something for everyone, so make sure you ask about our Summer Schedule of Events.
Who built the first log cabin? The Finns, in 1638, introduced log building to American. FINNISH LOG CONSTRUCTION-THE ART, explains how the Finns brought with them their unique techniques of log construction, first to the New Sweden Colony in the 1600's and then throughout America when they immigrated in the 1900's.