Special Events

The Ferndale Heritage Society coordinates several annual special events throughout the year. Some of the events are in conjunction with the Old Settlers Association, the city of Ferndale, and the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. Pioneer Park’s historic cabins are opened for public viewing during the Old Settlers Weekend, the last weekend in July. Other opportunities to view inside the log cabins for admission are during the summer tour season (May 15 through September 15) and during the Olde Fashioned Christmas event (first weekend in December) at the park. Special tours can be arranged by contacting the society. Heritage Society members volunteer during these events.

Spring Fashion Show

 FashionShow 300pxA full “100 years of fashions” show was held in 2016 at the newly remodeled Pioneer Pavilion. It was a fund raiser to buy needed 6’ round tables that would be used for future rentals in the Pavilion. A 100 years of wedding dresses were also on display. This was an exclusive fashion show from the private collection of Louise Sager. There are no current plans for a full on show in 2017.

Personalized Fashion Shows by Request Only, contact Louise Sager at 360-384-3693

View the Spring Fashion Show Gallery

Plant Sale

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Ready, Set, Grow... Stop by Samuels Furniture's Parking lot and get all the plants you'll need. Members of the Heritage Society have potted up everything from annual flowers, and vegetable starts, to trees and berry plants to sell. Not a green thumb? Then stop by and check out our garden art, gardening how to books and all the other miscellaneous items for sale.

All proceeds go towards the purchase and maintenance of the flower beds that surround the cabins at Pioneer Park. Stop by, shop and support our society.

Hours are 9am till we're sold out. Quality, inexpensive treasures go quickly.

Plant Sale Flyer (pdf)

View the Plant Sale Gallery

Old Settlers Weekend

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Pioneer Park is the spotlight of this annual community celebration in Ferndale, occurring the last weekend of July.

Ferndale Heritage Society volunteers open the park's historic cabins for public viewing and also participate in the grand parade.

The overall event is organized by the Old Settler's Association.

The weekend includes a parade, baseball tournaments, crafts, food vendors, a talent show, musical entertainment, non-profit expo, flower show and beer garden.

It is the longest continually running annual picnic in the state.

View the Old Settlers Weekend Gallery

Haunt The Park

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The Heritage Society first joined in with the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce to host the first Haunt the Park event in 2015. This event gives families the opportunity to snoop around the historic haunted houses of Pioneer Park and trick or treat the cabin porches.

In our inaugural year, 2015, we saw over 1,300 people through the gates of Pioneer Park, in 2016 it increased to over 2000. Visitors of all ages are welcomed to come down to Pioneer Park after the Downtown Trick or Treat concludes. Treats are passed out to visitors from six of the decorated log cabin porches by costumed members.

Plan on making this free community event part of your family's Halloween "safe" celebration. It is rumored that a Haunted Barn will join in the festivities.

The 2017 event will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017, directly after Downtown Trick or Treat!

View the Haunt The Park Gallery

Pioneer Christmas Bazaar

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In November 2013, the Heritage Society hosted the first Pioneer Christmas Bazaar. The event has grown to include not only arts and crafts in the Tillicum house, but now includes the Log Cabin Church that only has "gently used" Christmas items and also includes vendors in the Pioneer Pavilion. You won't find better prices anywhere. Vendors and members all agreed that this was one of the most enjoyable bazaars around.

Society members and interested vendors need to contact Gail Nelson, 360-671-3377 to reserve a table.

Space is limited and table space is reserved on a first come first served basis.

Christmas Bazaar Flyer (pdf)

View the Pioneer Christmas Bazaar Gallery

Olde Fashioned Christmas

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Bring your camera, and step back in time this holiday season at the Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration in the historic cedar log cabins of Pioneer Park.

Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society don pioneer costumes to greet visitors of all ages as they experience how our ancestors enjoyed the Christmas holidays in these log homes. Each of the 12 cabins is decorated in a special theme to welcome visitors. The event includes hands-on crafts for children, old fashioned games, music and a working general store to purchase old fashioned Christmas gifts. Costumed hosts greet you in each cabin, and the smell of home-style baking, set the mood for the Christmas season.

With its serene theme and wooden pews, the log church is the perfect spot to sit a spell and reflect. Children will enjoy writing letters to Santa at the one-room school house and then mailing them at the historic post office. The sound of sleigh bells circulates through the park as visitors take a festive horse drawn carriage ride through downtown Ferndale.

Families are encouraged to take their own photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. At the conclusion of the tour, stop by the Tillicum House for delicious cookies and warm beverages.

Olde Fashioned Christmas - 2017

Friday, December 1, from 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, from 1-9 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, from 1-4 p.m.

$4 for adults and $3 for children.

Olde Fashioned Christmas Flyer (pdf)

View the Olde Fashioned Christmas Gallery