Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a Washington state pioneer in the early 1900s?
Here’s your chance to find out. Celebrate the “good old days” at a day of hands-on fun, learning, and reminiscing at the Duvall Heritage Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at the historic Dougherty House and Farmstead at 26526 NE Cherry Valley Road in Duvall, this is a free festival for everyone.
• Be a pioneer! Churn butter and wash clothes the old- fashioned way. Learn about logging, see wool spinning, sit on antique tractors and watch old-time field plowing.
There will also be a Model A car on display.
• Shake hands with Duvall’s first mayor, elected in 1913, and visit with other figures from the Snoqualmie Valley’s history (all played by very convincing actors).
• Sit back and enjoy traditional drumming performed by the Snoqualmie Tribe, a culture that has been present in the Puget Sound region for generations.
The Eastside Audubon Society will also offer bird tours of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, and the Mountains to Sound Greenway will share their information.
• Kick up your heels and dance to the music of the fiddling group, Tinker’s Dram, or tap your toes in time to tunes by the Novelty Hill Ramblers, a longtime local band. You can also relax to Snoqualmie Valley folk music and stories by Bob Antone.
• Tour the Dougherty House, a National Landmark and a well-preserved example of a late 19th century farmhouse built one year prior to Washington’s statehood.
Antique quilts will also be on display at the Dougherty House, as well as at the 11th annual Duvall Quilt Show on historic Main Street in downtown Duvall, a separate event happening that same day.
• Guided tours of the restored logging bunk house, milk house and old tool display, will also be available. And don’t forget to take a peek at the pioneer cemetery located nearby.
Fun for all ages, this is a neat glimpse of regional history in action, and a great opportunity to help children understand part of Washington state’s heritage. Complimentary parking is available at Holy Innocents Catholic Church, just east of the Dougherty Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road. Handicapped parking is available on site.
A free shuttle will transport visitors from Duvall’s Main Street to the Heritage Festival.
For more information, go to www.duvallculture.org, or www.duvallhistoricalsociety.org.