Community Event March 1, 2013

Woodinville Heritage Museum Brings History to Life

At the base of Hollywood Hill is a stately colonial house that holds the history of our town, both in memories and posessions. The Woodinville Heritage Museum that opened almost two years ago is located in the historic DeYoung house at 14121 NE 171st St., just up the hill from the Woodinville Urgent Care Center. Its welcome mat is out this Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 4pm, and every Sunday afternoon through Labor  Day. Admission is free, though the Heritage Society will gladly accept donations.

This is an amazing opportunity to tour an historic home that depicts the history of our town, right in our own backyard. The Museum features furnishings of the 1930s and 1940s, highlighted by special exhibits in wood-floored rooms, each with a name and theme. A display of 1920s and 1930s county maps and an early 1900s teacup collection are just a few of the historic items archived in the Museum. There’s even a hands-on children’s table where kids can play with items of bygone days.

Beginning in June, a new exhibit will be unveiled about the early-day Hollywood Farm founded by Frederick Stimson, that later evolved into Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. An exhibit set up last summer will remain a special feature displaying eight general stores that served Woodinville neighborhoods from 1907 through 1960.  Photos, merchandise and information on such landmarks as Homestead Grocery, Hinman's Store, Miller Grocery, Mack's Store, Rongve Grocery and Clara Teegarden's General Store are showcased.

Lucy DeYoung, president of the Woodinville Heritage Society and former mayor, remembers playing as a child in the house where the museum is located. Her grandparents, John and Ellen DeYoung, had the house built in 1931 at NE 175th Street at 135th Avenue NE, where Chase Bank is now located. In 1973 it was moved to its current location, and about five years ago it was donated to the Woodinville Heritage Society to be a museum.