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Too Much Truffle Shuffling at the Goonies House

Thousands of people visit the Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon every day, and the owner is tired of it.
Goonies house in Astoria, OR closed to the public

The Goonies house in Astoria, OR, where the adventure to find One-Eyed Willie’s treasure began in the 1985 film, has been closed to the public. More than 30 years after The Goonies hit theaters, city officials say the house still receives 1,500 visitors daily. And the owner is tired of it.

A blue tarp now covers the house, with a sign stating access is closed to the Goonies house. Another sign reads:

Imagine that you buy a house, fix it up, spend money, time and love. Then the city of Astoria encourages 100,000’s of people to come and stand in front and view it. This driveway (maintained by homeowners) sees 1,000+ people every day. Most are kind, fun and welcome, but many are not.

Apparently the property is plagued by cigarette butts, beer bottles and urinating dogs that the owner is fed up with. When she bought the house over a decade ago, visitors were minimal. City officials credit social media buzz with the recent onslaught of fans.

Chunk does the truffle shuffle at the Goonies house in Astoria

The huge 4-day celebration for The Goonies 30th anniversary that brought $2-$3 million into the Astoria economy may also have had something to do with it.

Celebrate The Goonies 30th Anniversary in Astoria, OR

Astoria, Oregon, the town where The Goonies was filmed, is celebrating the 30th anniversary with 4 days of film location tours, treasure hunts and truffle shuffles.
Celebrate The Goonies 30th anniversary in Astoria, Oregon where it was filmed.

On the Oregon coast, the town of Oregon has served as the backdrop for many films, such as Short Circuit and Kindergarten Cop. The one that brings in visitors, however, is the 1985 cult classic The Goonies, about a group of kids searching for the lost pirate treasure of One-Eyed Willie.

Related: The strange story of “Hatchet” Harry Flavel

Every year Astoria celebrates Goonies Day in recognition. But this year marks the 30th anniversary of the film, so the chamber of commerce has planned 4 days of Goonies fun June 4-7, 2015.

Festivities include tours of locations used in the film, screenings of the movie, costume parties, bowling at Chunk’s Bowling Alley, treasure hunts, and a special edition Truffle Shuffle Stout on tap from Fort George Brewery.

Mikey's house from the 1980s cult film The Goonies in Astoria, Oregon
Photo: Amy Meredith/Creative Commons

Goonies sign in Astoria, Oregon
Photo: Doug Kerr/Creative Commons

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The remains of pirate One-Eyed Willie from The Goonies

Harry Flavel House in Astoria, Oregon

The abandoned house of Harry Flavel in Astoria, Oregon

There are two Flavel houses in Astoria, Orgeon. The most well-known is the Flavel House Museum at Eighth and Exchange streets, the mansion originally built by Astoria’s first millionaire, Capt. George Flavel, in 1885. The other house, the abandoned, crumbling mansion at 15th and Franklin with only a hint of it’s original stately grace, serves as a testament to the decline of the descendants of the legendary Flavel family into a strange and reclusive bunch after the captain’s death.

Vintage photo of the Flavel house in Astoria, Oregon

The Flavel house in its prime.

It was in this house that “Hatchet” Harry Flavel lived with his sister Mary Louise Flavel and mother Florence Flavel at the time of the now-infamous stabbing.

Prior to this, gun shots heard inside the house on Halloween and New Year’s, along with an incident where Harry had allegedly locked his mother and sister out on a widow’s peak on a cold night, spraying them with a garden hose, was as serious as it ever got.

But in February 1983 Harry was walking his dog someone came speeding down the road. As the car passed, Flavel hit the car with the chain of the dog leash. The driver stopped, got out, grabbed Flavel’s sleeve and demanded his name so he could call the police. Flavel suddenly stabbed the man in the abdomen, a move he has always contended was in self-defense.

After being convicted in 1985, Flavel exhausted a string of appeals. He became a fugitive when he neglected to appear at his sentencing on August 17th, 1990, having fled the state with his family. The mansion has been abandoned ever since.

After two months on the run, Harry was arrested in Willow Grove, PA for theft of motel towels. Mary raised his bail, and they disappeared once again.

Harry died at 82 On May 31, 2010. Mary still owns the house, but it remains empty. In October of 2010, black mourning bunting mysteriously appeared draped from the balcony.

The abandoned house of Harry Flavel in Astoria, Oregon

Astoria, the first permanent American settlement west of the Rockies, remains a place deeply marked by its history. Locals say there are spirits in the old abandoned buildings. Astoria is also the location where the majority of the 1985 classic The Goonies was filmed.

George Flavel made his money braving the perils of the Columbia river, where more than 100 ships have been lost at its mouth since its discovery in 1792. It has become known as The Graveyard of the Pacific.