Celebrating Park and Recreation Month: A look at Heritage Park

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Heritage Park

As part of the city’s proclamation that July is Park and Recreation month, Lynnwood Today is taking a look at some of the city’s parks.

Heritage Park

The park in located at 19921 Poplar Way and encompasses 2.82 acres.

The Mission of Heritage Park is to interpret the heritage of Lynnwood and the neighborhoods which once formed the community of Alderwood Manor.

Heritage Park celebrates the agricultural, transportation and social heritage of Lynnwood from its roots in the rural community of Alderwood Manor formed in 1919. Heritage exhibits throughout the park tell stories of life in early Alderwood Manor, and its historic structures have been renovated and repurposed as community resource facilities. These include the South Snohomish County Visitor Information Center and Wickers Museum in the Wickers Building; the Heritage Resource Center in the Superintendent’s Cottage; the Sno-Isle Genealogy Library in the Humble House; and Interurban Car No. 55. Heritage Park is owned and operated by the City of Lynnwood, in partnership with the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, Alderwood Manor Heritage Association, and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society.

Heritage Park tells the story of the planned community of Alderwood Manor that emerged between Everett and Seattle along the electric Interurban Railway in 1919. The area’s virgin forests had been logged in the early 1900s, and the resulting stump land was marketed across the United States by the Puget Mill Company, promising a life of health, happiness and independence. By 1922 the population of Alderwood Manor had grown to 1,463 people – and 200,000 hens. Egg production in Alderwood Manor ranked second in the nation. The Great Depression in the 1930s decimated the poultry business, and in 1939 the Interurban was dismantled in favor of bus and automobile transportation. The opening of Highway 99 stimulated commercial development in the area, bringing growth and opportunities to the new city of Lynnwood, which was incorporated in 1959.

Heritage Park is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Features include:

Historic Buildings of Alderwood Manor

Interurban Car No. 55

Visitor Information Center

Heritage Resource Center

Genealogy Research Library

Interpretive Exhibits

Memorial Plaza

Picnic Areas

Public Art

Restrooms

Parking

Park Facilities

SOUTH SNOHOMISH COUNTY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER

Wickers Building/19921 Poplar Way, 425-776-3977, www.snohomish.org

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tuesday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The South Snohomish County Visitor Information Center is located in the Wickers Building and is operated daily by the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau. The Center offers tourists and residents an abundance of community, county and statewide information, and is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers.

Built in 1919, the Wickers Building was the first general store and post office on North Trunk West Road in Alderwood Manor (now 196th St. SW in Lynnwood), and a familiar landmark halfway between Seattle and Everett to passengers on the Interurban. The City rescued the building from demolition during I-5 interchange construction in 1997, and relocated it to Heritage Park in 2003. The Tudor Revival-style building has been carefully restored to preserve its distinctive features. The Wickers Building is listed on the Washington State Heritage Register and the City of Lynnwood Register of Historic Landmarks.

WICKERS MUSEUM

Wickers Building/19921 Poplar Way/425-670-5502

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tuesday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Wickers Museum is located on the second floor of the Wickers Building in what once served as an apartment for the storekeeper’s family. The museum features room recreations that tell of life in early Alderwood Manor and the history of the Wickers Building, Alderwood Manor’s first general store and post office. Three rooms have been recreated with vintage furnishings to provide glimpses into the family’s life above the store. Exhibits include scale models of the park’s historic structures and vintage store artifacts, some of which are original to the old store. A stair lift is provided for access to the second floor.

HERITAGE RESOURCE CENTER

Superintendent’s Cottage/19903 Poplar Way/425-775-4694/www.alderwood.org

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Heritage Resource Center, located in the Superintendent’s Cottage, offers public access to resource materials related to the historic community of Alderwood Manor. Owned and operated by the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association (AMHA), the cottage features rotating exhibits, archives of photographs, newspapers and manuscripts, oral histories, books and reference materials. Cottage docents are on hand to guide visitors and provide historical perspective.

The Superintendent’s Cottage and the Water Tower are the only surviving structures from the Demonstration Farm built in 1917 by the Puget Mill Company. The 33-acre Demonstration Farm was located along the Interurban Railway which was in the general vicinity of Lynnwood’s I-5 interchange at 196th St SW. The cottage was equipped with an underground electric system that connected to the Interurban. The Alderwood Manor Heritage Association rescued the cottage during interchangeconstruction in 1997 and relocated it to the park. The cottage has been faithfully renovated by AMHA and many community volunteers.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH LIBRARY

Humble House/19827 Poplar Way/425-775-6267/www.rootsweb.com/~wasigs

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sunday (May 26-Sept 1) – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The genealogy library is located in the park’s original residence, the Humble House. Operated by the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society, the library is staffed with knowledgeable volunteers to assist visitors and researchers, and provide them with an understanding and appreciation of their family heritage. Call for information about drop-in classes and workshops.

The Humble House was built on a 5-acre tract across the road from the Demonstration Farm in 1919. The property (now Heritage Park) was once a working farm with chickens, horses, orchards and gardens. The original house had only two rooms with a pump house and barn. The Humble family bought the property in 1934 and remodeled the house, adding several rooms to accommodate their family of four.

INTERURBAN CAR NO. 55

Trolley Shelter/19911 Poplar Way/425-670-5502

Trolley Tours. June-September: First Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. October-May: Please call 425-670-5502 for appointment. Individuals and groups are welcome. There is no fee for trolley tours.

Interurban Car No. 55, the centerpiece of Heritage Park, has been beautifully renovated with original and refabricated parts and accessories. Open houses are offered the first Saturday of each month during the summer, and docents lead guided tours with historic details and stories of the Interurban.

Interurban Car No. 55 is one of six interurban electric rail cars that provided commuter service from Alderwood Manor to Seattle and Everett from 1910 to 1939. The interurban was key to the development of Alderwood Manor and Snohomish County. Folks from the big cities traveled by trolley to relocate in the country, breathe the uncontaminated fresh air, and learn how to raise poultry for profit at the Demonstration Farm. After the demise of the Interurban in 1939 due to the popularity of the automobile, Car No. 55 was retired, serving as a diner for several years, and later as a ticket office for the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad. The City purchased the car in 1993, and began its restoration in 1996 with state and federal grants. Car No. 55 is the last remaining car of the original six, that has been restored.

WATER TOWER – Located behind the Genealogy Research Library

The historic Water Tower is awaiting renovation. Once renovation is complete, it will provide classroom and exhibit space for community educational programs, with an emphasis on Lynnwood’s rich agricultural heritage. The Water Tower was originally built on the Demonstration Farm in 1917 to provide water to the farm and the surrounding residences. The water tower was powered by an electric pump through an underground electric system that connected to the interurban railway. Along with the Superintendent’s Cottage, it was rescued during freeway interchange construction in 1997 and relocated to Heritage Park.

Docent Program

The Heritage Park Docent Program is part of the City of Lynnwood Volunteer Program. The Heritage Park Docent Program connects the talents of volunteers to the needs of residents and visitors. As a Heritage Park docent, you will help make the history of Lynnwood come alive for visitors with tours of Heritage Park and Interurban Car No. 55. If you would like to volunteer as a docent at Heritage Park, please contact the docent coordinator at lcowan@ci.lynnwood.wa.us, or 425-670-5502.

Public Art

“Gentle Encounter” – Artist: Louise McDowell. Bronze sculptures of children and chickens.

Park Reservations

Memorial Plaza in front of the trolley can be reserved for small organized events such as weddings, reunions, parties, etc. The size of the event is limited by the available 32 parking spaces. Carpooling is encouraged. Public restrooms are available, but there are no indoor event rooms available for reservation. To reserve Memorial Plaza, please call 425-670-5732. A park reservation fee will apply. Small informal gatherings are welcome and reservations are not necessary. However if you plan to have a large gathering (25+ people) in the park, please call 425-670-5502 to make arrangements.

Parking

The parking lot will accommodate 32 vehicles, including 2 handicapped stalls and 3 bus stalls. Carpooling for large groups is encouraged.

Restrooms

Public restrooms are located at the east end of the Wickers Building. These restrooms are ADA accessible from the path on the south side of the building.

Donation Program

There are many exciting ways that you can contribute to the continuing development of Heritage Park. Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted by the Lynnwood Parks & Recreation Foundation for the following projects:

Water Tower renovation

Museum development, exhibits and displays

Heritage program sponsorships

Memorial bricks in the plaza

Memorial benches

Memorial trees

Interurban Car No. 55 brass seat plaques

Park sculpture

Donation forms are available in the park, or can be download here for your convenience. If you would like more information on how to donate to Heritage Park, please call 425-670-5502.

 

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