Looking Back at Lynnwood: Join Alderwood Manor Heritage Association for holiday celebration at Heritage Park

Interurban Car No. 55 at Heritage Park.
Interurban Car No. 55 at Heritage Park.

Alderwood Manor Heritage Association’s mission is to develop a sense of the history and culture of Alderwood Manor, Lynnwood and all the surrounding communities —  through preservation, interpretation, education, outreach and fellowship. Visit the association on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1-4 p.m., as they join with the city to celebrate the season during Lynnwood’s Heritage Park Holiday Open House. Located on Poplar Way in Lynnwood, the park is noted for its picturesque setting.

Visit Santa at the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association Dec. 8.
Visit Santa at the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association Dec. 8.

AMHA’s Heritage Cottage will be warm and toasty, no matter the weather. Santa will be holding court on his sofa in front of the fireplace. Bring the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, the whole family, or just yourself. Have your camera ready so you can snap a picture as your little ones snuggle close to Santa.

Heritage Cottage, the former home of the Superintendent of Puget Mills’ historic Demonstration Farm, will be decorated, and there will be cookies, cider and coffee. You will feel as if you are stepping back to a quieter and gentler time. The entire park will be open to welcome all. Visit the Interurban trolley car and learn how and when we once had rapid transit right here at our doorstep, decades ago.

Tour Humble House, the former home of the Humble family, Albert and Mildred, and their two daughters Mary and Janice. Humble House, now the home of Sno-Isle Genealogical Society, is the only original structure on the park property; the others were moved to the park following the city’s purchase of the Humble family farm.

Don’t forget to check out the Wickers Building, once the community’s grocery store, now serving as the Snohomish County Visitors Center. Climb the steps, or ride the lift to the second floor where you will be in the apartment where Herman and Anita Wickers lived with their daughter Betty. Visit Betty Wickers’ Bedroom—a replica of what a little girl’s room could have been like in the 1930s. Let your imagination take over as you picture a little girl and her toys.

All the structures in the park are owned by the city except Alderwood Manor Heritage Association’s Cottage, known as the Heritage Resource Center. This historic structure has been restored and is owned by the Association on park land leased from the City of Lynnwood.

There will be a barrel or a box in each of the park’s three buildings for collecting non-perishable food to help support the Lynnwood Food Bank. Please be generous and help feed those who need a helping hand.

Remember: Open House at Alderwood Manor Heritage Association, 19903 Poplar Way, Lynnwood. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 – 1-4 p.m.

– By Betty Lou Gaeng


Gaeng on the roof of the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Gaeng on the roof of the Lynnwood Convention Center.


An 80-year resident of Lynnwood, Betty Lou Gaeng is a genealogist, historian, researcher and writer who is active in volunteer work for Lynnwood’s Heritage Park Partners Advisory Committee and the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association at Heritage Park. She is also a member of the League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations (LOSCHO) and the South County Historical Society and Museum.  Gaeng is the author of two books: “Etched in Stone,” which is the history of the Edmonds Museum memorial monument, and “Chirouse” about a Catholic missionary priest who came from France to Washington Territory in 1847 and became a father figure and friend to the Puget Sound area’s Native people.

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