Tours

In 1993, the Heritage Society began the Pioneer Park Education Program. Each Spring costumed volunteers lead the School Tours Education Program which allows local students the opportunity to participate in hands on pioneer activities.

To expand the educational opportunities the park affords, and to promote tourism, the Heritage Society supports City of Ferndale tour guides who conduct costumed tours of the cabins at Pioneer Park during the summer. Ferndale Heritage Society accommodates special group tours that have been previously scheduled in advance of the tour date.

School Tours

Spec ed300px IMG 7577The Ferndale Heritage Society operates its School Tours Education Program for local school groups each spring. The program introduces students in second, third or fourth grades to pioneer life, with hands-on tours through five authentic log cabins located at Pioneer Park in Ferndale.

"Pioneers" in period costume welcome the students to each cabin.

Groups will visit:

  • The Granary to learn about logging and land clearing, planting, harvesting and grinding grain
  • The Shields House to learn how the pioneers made candles to light their cabins
  • The Jenni House to do the chores pioneer children did, including making bread, washing clothes, cleaning house, sawing wood, gathering eggs and planting a garden
  • The Post Office to learn how mail was delivered in the early days of our state
  • The One Room School House to learn about classrooms in the "Good Old Days"
  • The General Store may be opened to learn about storekeeping, if time permits
  • A story teller will spin tales of early Whatcom County settlers. Before the children depart, they also get to eat a roll created by students in the Jenni House.

Groups may choose a morning or afternoon session, which lasts 2 hours.

The cost is $5.50 per student. Teachers and adult chaperones are free.

Summer Tours

May 15 - September 15

City of Ferndale employs tour guides for the Pioneer Park cabins each year from May 15 through September 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Mondays).

Tours are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, free for under 6. Check in at the Parker House cabin.

Ferndale Heritage Society accommodates special group tours that have been previously scheduled in advance of the tour date only. Please call 360-384-6461 for more information.