Tumwater’s Three Historic Homes Open to the Public on July 29

On July 29, 2018, three of Tumwater’s finest historic homes located in Tumwater’s Historic District will open to the public as part of Heritage Day, a fun-filled family event.


Constructed in 1905, Henderson House is the former home of an Olympia brewery brewmaster. Previous owners made many changes to Henderson House over the years, but thanks to City of Tumwater’s preservation work this historic Tumwater home now looks much as it did back in 1905. A quilt show, organized by the Tumwater Historical Association Homestead Quilters, will be on display inside the home. A hands-on quilt activity will be available for youngsters.


The historic Crosby House, built circa 1860, will also be open to the public. This beautiful home, built by ancestors of Bing Crosby, showcases interesting architecture combining Greek Revival and Gothic Revival elements. The Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington will provide tours of the Crosby House interior and retired teacher Anne Kelleher will demonstrate rag rug weaving techniques.


At the Schmidt House, built in 1904, a sidewalk chalk art activity will be available for kids of all ages. Event organizers will provide chalk so budding artists can work to their hearts’ content on the many paved sidewalks in the Schmidt House front yard. Staff will provide tours of the home’s interior. The Centennial Rose Garden, managed by the Olympia Rose Society, will also be open for visitors.


The Tumwater Register of Historic Places recognizes all three homes as Historic Places, as does the National Register of Historic Places.

WHAT—Heritage Day at the Tumwater Historic District
WHEN—Sunday, July 29, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m.
WHERE—Henderson House (602 Deschutes Way SW), Crosby House (702 Deschutes Way SW), and Schmidt House (330 Schmidt Place SW)
FOR MORE INFO—contact Karen Johnson at karen@olytumfoundation.org or 360-890-2299
SPONSORED BY—City of Tumwater, and the Olympia Tumwater Foundation

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