Come and experience the history of Lynnwood from its roots as Alderwood Manor in the 1920’s at Heritage Park!
This summer Lynnwood’s Heritage Park will host a series of open house events from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of June, July, August and September. The park, located east of I-5 at the SE corner of Poplar Way and Alderwood Mall Parkway, is a cultural, heritage and visitor resource. The open house events offer a unique opportunity for park visitors to tour the various historical structures including Interurban Car 55 that have been preserved at the park.
Open House activities include:
- Tour guides, Jeanne and Gary Rogers, will entertain visitors with tales of Car 55, one of six Interurban trolleys that ran between Seattle and Everett from 1910 to 1939. Jeanne grew up in a railroading family; her father, Walter Shannon, was an Interurban motorman.
- Docents from the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association will be available to provide guided tours of the exhibits currently on display in the Superintendent’s Cottage and at the Wickers Building Museum.
- Treats and refreshments will be served at the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau’s Visitor Information Center.
- Visitors are invited to take a peek into their personal genealogical history at Humble House with the assistance of the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society.
Heritage Park features some of Alderwood Manor’s earliest structures renovated as heritage resources for the community.
The Wickers Building
Constructed in 1919 by the Puget Mill Company, the Wickers Building was the first general store and post office in Alderwood Manor. The two story Tudor-style building included the store, post office and storeroom on the first floor, with living quarters for the storekeeper and his family on the second floor. The building was moved from its original site on 196th St SW in 1997 when freeway interchange construction threatened to demolish it. In 2003 it was relocated to Heritage Park for renovation. Named for Herman Wickers, a previous storekeeper, the Wickers Building is listed on the Washington Register of Historic Places. It is currently the home of the South Snohomish County Visitor Information Center.
Interurban Car 55
Car 55 is a 1909 Interurban single-ended wooden electric rail car. It is one of six cars that provided commuter service from Alderwood Manor to Seattle and Everett from 1910 to 1939. In 1939, with the growing popularity of the automobile, the Seattle-Everett Interurban railway was dismantled. Car 55 was purchased by the City of Lynnwood in 1993 and restoration began in 1996. The trolley is a static display in the Park representing Lynnwood’s transportation heritage and in open for scheduled tours.
Superintendent’s Cottage and Water Tower
The 1917 superintendent’s cottage and water tower are the only surviving structures from the Alderwood Manor Demonstration Farm. The cottage was the residence for the superintendent of the Demonstration Farm, and is now owned and operated by the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association, (AMHA). In 1977 both structures were threatened with demolition during freeway interchange construction. They were purchased by the City of Lynnwood and AMHA and moved to Heritage Park in 2003 for renovation. The cottage, now known as the Alderwood Manor Heritage Cottage opened in 2005 as a community heritage resource center operated by the AMHA. The water tower, currently undergoing renovation, will include public meeting space and exhibits that support Lynnwood’s agricultural heritage.
The park site’s original residence was built in 1919. Located across the street from the original Demonstration Farm, this house was a typical farm house built by the Puget Mill Company. The Humble House is now the home of the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society’s genealogy research library.
Park Hours: Open daily from dawn to dusk
Visitor Information Center (Wickers Building):
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 10am-4pm
Thursday, Friday 9am -4pm
June-September: 1st Saturday open house 11am-3pm
October-May: Please call for a reservation
Self-guided walking tour brochures are available at the Visitor Information Center in the Wickers Building.