Have you ever wondered why Woodinville is spelled with an –in instead of an –en? (Hint: It has nothing to do with wood.)
“I recently found that many people don’t know,” said Linda McCune, president of the Woodinville Cemetery Association. “In 1871 Ira and Susan Woodin were the first white people to settle in this area.
“They received a 160-acre homestead from the U.S. government and made friends with the native population who inhabited this area when the Sammamish Slough was nine feet deeper. This good-sized river provided a short steamboat ride from Lake Washington to Woodinville and soon other settlers arrived.
“When the need arose, the Woodins designated the southeastern two acres of their homestead for the burial of deceased inhabitants. This is the site of the present-day Woodinville Cemetery. Ira (1908) and Susan (1919) Woodin are buried in the center of the grounds.”
On Memorial Day from noon to 4 p.m., the Woodinville Cemetery Board extends an invitation to everyone who would like to honor the veterans who are interred there as well as the town’s pioneers. The veteran graves are marked with a white cross and flag, and photos of many of the pioneers will be displayed on their graves. Members of the cemetery board will be present to answer questions and provide a printed self-guided walking tour of the grounds.
“Our self-guided walking tour is a wonderful local history lesson for both adults and children,” said McCune, “and reading about a pioneer or seeing a photo brings history to life.”
The Woodinville Cemetery is a non-profit corporation governed by a board of 12 volunteers. The cemetery still has space for area residents. More information is at woodinvillecemetery.org.