Heritage Park is located in Lynnwood. You will find Lynwood’s visitors center, Sno-Isle Genealogical Society Research Library, Heritage Resource Center, and Interurban Car 55 at this park. It’s a small park, but has some picnic tables and shaded areas on the lawn.
The visitors center is located in the Wickers Building. This Tudor style building was built in 1919 by the Puget Mill Company as a general store. In 1933 Herman Wicker purchased the store and it became know as Wicker’s Store. This is a great place to browse local activities. They have a wide array of brochures featuring activities and sites all over the PNW. You can also find some interesting photos and historical artifacts at the Wicker Building.
The Genealogical Research Center is open limited hours and is located in the Humble House. This quaint little building was built in 1919 by the Puget Mill Company as accommodations for pioneer families. In 1934 the Humble family traded their Seattle home fo the country life and moved into the two room home that they eventually expanded as the family grew. The Genealogical Research Center offers courses and maintains historical records.
The Alderwood Manor Heritage Center and Water Tower were built in 1917 by the Puget Mill Company as a demonstration farm and free poultry college. After the mill cleared the land of trees they came up with a plan to sell off the cleared land as farms. The demonstration farm offered these young pioneers a chance to learn how they could build farms on the cleared land and earn money.
Interurban car 55 is on display here. The electric interurban railway is a resource we all surely wish we still had. It moved passengers in and out of Seattle. A commute on the interurban took 45 minutes. It went into service in 1910 and was discontinued with the rising popularity of automobiles in 1939. During the summer the park offers guided trolley tours on the first Saturday of the month.
The park is pleasant, but small. You won’t find walking trails and playgrounds, but you will find lots of great local history here.