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Preserving the past for the future at Pioneer Park

The business and purpose of the Ferndale Heritage Society is to educate the community on the history of Whatcom County, promote Pioneer Park and tourism in Ferndale, WA, and bring together those people interested in preserving history and maintaining the log cabins and collections at Pioneer Park.

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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.