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Ferndale celebrates 121st Old Settlers Weekend

A look inside the historical cabins in Ferndale's Pioneer Park

Louise Sager, founder of the Ferndale Heritage Society, gives an overview of the historical cabins in Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 30, in Ferndale.
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Louise Sager, founder of the Ferndale Heritage Society, gives an overview of the historical cabins in Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 30, in Ferndale.

The 121st Old Settlers Weekend was celebrated in Ferndale on July 28-31 with parades, crafts, food vendors and music. The event also allowed the public to visit Pioneer Park’s historic cabins with Ferndale Heritage Society volunteers.

Moved from various locations around Western Washington, the buildings represent the daily lives of 19th-century European settlers. The first cabin was moved to the park in the 1930s. The buildings include an old jail, post office, church, and a house once used as a dance hall and stagecoach inn.

Organizers consider them the world’s largest collection of slab-cedar cabins, with buildings dating back to 1873. They showcase artifacts owned by the Old Settlers Association such as tools, furnishings and utensils that reflect the period.

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