918 Glass Ave NE, Olympia Washington 98506
Olympia's oldest surviving home and one of the oldest homes still standing in the Pacific Northwest, the Bigelow House was built by pioneer lawyer Daniel R. Bigelow sometime before 1860. Its Gothic Revival style was one of the most popular American architectural fashions of the day. The earliest part of the house rests on a foundation of whole cedar logs that were hardened by fire to protect against rotting.
The historic Bigelow House, still occupied today by members of the Bigelow family, was purchased in 1994 by the Bigelow House Preservation Association and carefully restored. It contains an unusual collection of original family furnishings.
The house is listed on both the National and Washington State Registers of Historic Places, as well as on the Olympia Heritage Register. The ground floor of the house is open on weekends from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and to groups by appointment on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
A tour map is available.
Other History nearby:
(Aberdeen) Aberdeen Historical Museum
(Aberdeen) Aberdeen Historical Whorehouse Society
(Hoquiam) Arnold Polson Park and Museum
(Olympia) Bigelow House Museum and Neighborhood
(Black Diamond) Black Diamond Historical Museum
(Buckley) Buckley Foothills Historical Society Mus
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12/09 Coming to The Olympia area
Water Music Festival Seaview WA April1 The Water Music Festival is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality chamber music to the Lower Columbia River Region.
Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival Warrenton OR April26 Crab and seafood as well as entertainment. Listen to the Astoria HS Jazz Band on Sunday.
Seattle Japanese Cultural Festival Seattle WA April26-28 The festival features Japanese exhibits, performances, and demonstrations. Held at the Seattle Center in the Fisher Pavilion. The annual festival began in 1976 with a gift of 1,000 cherry trees to the city of Seattle from the Japanese government to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial.
Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Hoquiam WA April26-28 Witness the migrating shorebirds at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and other birding hotspots in Grays Harbor County.
Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Fest Hood River OR May18-19 Start off the weekend with friends and fun featuring Columbia Gorge wineries and eateries. Highlights include entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans.
Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle WA May24-27 Music and dance performances, visual arts, folklore exhibits, hands-on children's activities, workshops, crafts, food, demonstrations, and more!