Old Town Days

Old town Days flyer 2009Miner Steve at 150thThe oldest brick building in the state of Washington is the T.G. Richards building, located in Bellingham and known locally as the Whatcom Territorial Courthouse. It was built in 1858 for the Fraser River Gold Rush in Canada.  Today, its history is being preserved by the Whatcom Historical Society.

On August 29th, E Street in downtown Bellingham will be closed to traffic and open from 11:00 to 4:30ish to historic displays and interpreters, 19th century music (Camp 2 players), Citizens of Whatcom 150thfurniture maker, and society books and preservation campaigns. The Whatcom Maritime Association and the Homeport Learning Centery along with their longboat Plume will present maritime activities. Families can pan for “gold” , do early store and writing activities and take history tours of Old  Town at noon and 2:00 with Richard Vanderway.

Also at noon, Garry Schalliol, Director, Outreach Services of Washington State Historical Society will talk about the capital grant the old courthouse has received to continue the restoration work on it. 

To help support the preservation of the courthouse, a painting and prints of Ann Parry (the bark that brought the bricks for the courthouse) by maritime artist Steve Mayo and bricks for the proposed walk way around the building will be on sale.

Quilt trunk at 150thThe Pickett House, another important historic site from the mid-1850s, will join in the historic festivities.

Come and join in the fun. It’s free!


3 thoughts on “Old Town Days

  1. Hi, My name is Dawn. I just found out my Great, Great- Grandfather was G.W.L. Jones. Sheriff of Whatcom County in the 1800’s. He built the Atlanta Home Hotel. I was curious if you have heard of him. Does the hotel still stand. Is there any pictures of him. Any response would be appreciated. Thank You!

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