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Washington's Oldest Incorporated Town - 1854


Founded by Lafayette Balch, a Maine sea captain, Steilacoom began as a bustling frontier seaport on Puget Sound. It was the seat of Pierce County and a leading candidate for the site of the territorial capitol. This past has been preserved in the village of today.

Established as a National Historic District in 1974, Steilacoom has 32 buildings and sites listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Steilacoom's history is preserved and celebrated by the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. The Association manages a Museum, Museum Store, and three historical properties.



Steilacoom Features
  • Nathaniel Orr Home & Pioneer Orchard
    Built in 1854-1857, contains original furnishings and artifacts.

  • The Wagon Shop
    The original "wagon and blacksmith" shop located next to the Nathaniel Orr Museum.

  • Bair Drug & Hardware Store - 1895
    Includes early-day post office, hardware, patent medicines, 1906 soda fountain. , ice cream, breakfast on weekends. Open year round: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily. 253 588-9668. Breakfast, lunches, and ice cream. Open year round: 8:00am to 4:00pm Tuesdays – Saturdays and 8:00am to 2:00pm on Sundays.

The Museum, Orr Home, and Wagon Shop are located on the corner of Rainier and Main Streets. They are open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 – 5:00 April through October and Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 in the summer during Steilacoom’s Farmers Market.

For more information about Steilacoom and the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, visit www.steilacoomhistorical.org

2014 Steilacoom Historical Museum Association Annual Events

  • January 5 – Museum, Orr Home, and Wagon Shop open
  • January 8 – Committee Chairs/budget meeting
  • January 9 – Board meeting
  • January 11 – Board retreat

  • February 2 – Museum, Orr Home, and Wagon Shop open
  • February 12 – Committee Chairs meeting
  • February13 – Board meeting

  • March 2 – Museum, Orr Home, and Wagon Shop open
  • March 12 – Committee Chairs meeting
  • March 13 – Board meeting
  • March 14 – Silent Movie
  • March 15 – Museum clean up day
  • March 22 – Chili Cook Off (members only)

  • April - Saturdays and Sundays: Museum, Orr Home, Wagon Shop open
  • April 9 – Committee Chairs meeting
  • April 10 – Board meeting
  • April 26 – Kids Club

  • May - Saturdays and Sundays: Museum, Orr Home, Wagon Shop open
  • May 7 – Committee Chairs meeting
  • May 8 – Board meeting
  • May 24 – Kids Club

  • June - Saturdays and Sundays: Museum, Orr Home, Wagon Shop open
  • June - Wednesdays: Museum, Orr Home, and Wagon Shop open during the Farmers Market
  • June 11 – Committee Chairs meeting
  • June 12 – Board meeting
  • June 28 – Kids Club

  • July - Saturdays and Sundays: Museum, Orr Home, Wagon Shop open
  • July - Wednesdays: Museum, Orr Home, and Wagon Shop open during the Farmers Market
  • July 4 – Fourth of July Ice Cream Social
  • July 9 – Committee Chairs meeting
  • July 10 – Board meeting
  • July 27 – Salmon Bake
  • July 26 – Kids Club

  • August - Saturdays and Sundays: Museum, Orr Home, Wagon Shop open
  • August - Wednesdays: Museum, Orr Home, and Wagon Shop open during the Farmers Market
  • August 14 – Board meeting
  • August 30 – Kids Club

  • September - Saturdays and Sundays: Museum, Orr Home, Wagon Shop open
  • September 10 – Committee Chairs meeting
  • September 11 – Board meeting
  • September 27 – Kids Club

  • October - Saturdays and Sundays: Museum, Orr Home, and Wagon Shop open
  • October 5 – Apple Squeeze
  • October 8 – Committee Chairs meeting
  • October 9 – Board meeting
  • October 31 – Halloween: Pumpkin Walk
  • October 31 – Halloween: Ghost Walk

  • November - Museum, Orr Home, and Wagon Shop be closed until January
  • November 15 – 30 – Saturdays and Sundays: Museum Holiday Store open
  • November 12 – Committee Chairs/budget meeting
  • November 13 – Board meeting

  • December 5 – Magical Night at the Wagon Shop
  • December 6 – Last day that the Museum Holiday Store will be open
  • December 6 – Annual Membership Dinner (members only)

    Steilacoom Historical Museum Association
    P.O. Box 88016
    Steilacoom, WA 98388-0016
    Telephone: 253 584-4133

    www.steilacoomhistorical.org




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