The 2nd Annual Camano Island Historic Sites Tour runs April 6th – 8th in Stanwood and Camano Island. The history tour features over a dozen historic sites, including hundred-year old buildings, schoolhouses, barns, churches and parks.
The tour kicks off Friday evening, April 6th, from 6 pm to 8 pm with two history talks: “Building Camano Island State Park in a Day & The National Grange Award” will be presented at the Cama Center at Cama Beach Historical State Park, and “Discover the Art Colony that formed on Camano Island during the early 1900’s Arts & Crafts Movement” will be presented at the Floyd in Stanwood.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th, all of the historic sites will be open for touring from 10 am to 4 pm. Special activities will be going on throughout the weekend, including Old Downtown Stanwood walking tours, a big band dance, butter churning demonstrations, history talks, docent-led tours and more. A full schedule of events can be found online at CamanoHistoricSites.com.
Sites on the tour include: Stanwood I.O.O.F. Public Hall (The Floyd), Camano Lutheran Church, Kristoferson Farm, Barnum Point County Park, South Camano Grange, Mabana Schoolhouse, Camano Island State Park, Cama Beach Historical State Park, Camano Island Inn, Camano City Schoolhouse, Utsalady Ladies Aid, Camano Pioneer Cemetery, English Boom Historical Park. The activities have spread into West Stanwood with a new walking tour of the Stanwood House, the Sons of Norway hall, and Our Saviors Lutheran Church.
“Organizers are inviting people to step back in time and experience the history of the island,” commented Gayle Picken, “many people drive by these historic buildings but have never been inside them. It’s a great opportunity to have fun exploring and learn something new.”
New for 2018 are free guided charter bus tours sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks (FOCIP) and the Camano Center. The bus tours will leave twice a day on Saturday and Sunday from the Camano Center. The tours are 2.5 hours long and visit several Camano Island historical sites including English Boom Historical Park, Camano Pioneer Cemetary, Utsalady Vista Point, Camano City Schoolhouse, Cama Beach Historical State Park and Camano Island State Park. Reservations are required and are made through the website.
Also, new this year, Island Transit will provide a guide on its Camano Island routes to point out the many historic sites along it route. Visitors can get off the bus at specific sites and take a return bus later.
A beautifully designed brochure with map and schedule are available to pick up at all the historic sites, libraries and some businesses around Stanwood and Camano Island.
The Camano Historic Sites Tour is a free event designed to let the public experience and learn about the history of Stanwood and Camano Island. The activities planned make it fun for the whole family! For more information, see www.CamanoHistoricSites.com