We are proud to contribute to the Ferndale Community by making your park a wonderful place to learn the local history, experience the past and visit with friends, old and new.
In 2016 the Ferndale Heritage Society members logged 3854 volunteer hours carrying out our mission statement which in part states our purpose of “promoting Pioneer Park and tourism ….and maintaining the log cabins and the collections at Pioneer Park”. One of the ways the Heritage Society does this is with the Education Program each spring. In 2016, 315 students from the Ferndale School District and 324 students from the surrounding area were given a chance to experience life like the pioneers. Among the activities that these students participated in were dipping candles, washing clothes in a wash tub, chopping wood and making biscuits.
In April, we hosted a “100 Years of Fashion” show raising over $2000.00 which was used to purchase 15 round tables for the Pavilion.
Another big event that draws families from all over the state is Olde Fashioned Christmas the first weekend in December. In 2016, in spite of the weather, over 1800 people toured the decorated cabins, visited Santa, rode in the horse drawn carriage and enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies. The children also got to write to Santa and 652 letters went out in reply.
All the money raised from our events is used to maintain the cabins and collections in Pioneer Park. This past year, 2016, the Ferndale Heritage Society spent over $10,000.00 on the following major repairs: Paid for the installation of two new windows in the Foster House and one new window in the Parker House; Paid for new windows and pane repair for the Mt. View Schoolhouse; Paid for painting the Mt. View Schoolhouse; Paid for materials and with volunteer help from Heritage Society Members installed new LED lights in the Granary, Holeman, Foster, Barrett & Lopas Houses; Additional volunteer labor from the Heritage Society insured that two of the park benches were repaired and refinished; A new hot water heater was purchased and installed in the Tillicum House and porch repairs were made on the Mt. View Schoolhouse. We also hired a gardener and supplied plants for the summer upkeep of Pioneer Park.