Stanwood Camano Historic Sites Tour

5th Annual Historic Sites Tour – September 17th & 18th, 2021

Historic Sites

The following Historic Sites are featured on the 2021 Stanwood Camano Island Historic Sites Tour.

People’s Union Hall – 1904

8715 271st St NW, Stanwood

The People’s Union Hall, now known as The Granary building, near the depot was dedicated in 1904 amid much fanfare and a cooperative store was established. A few years later, the townsite of East Stanwood was platted.

S.A. Thompson House – 1900

The S.A. Thompson House, now known as The Stanwood House, was built sometime between 1900 and 1908. The house is a two-story hipped roof colonial with full front and side porches. Windows are four-paned double hung style. Porch supports had decorative brackets and cresting.

D.O. Pearson House – 1890

27108 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood

The D.O. Pearson House belonged to the first mayor of Stanwood. He arrived in the area when it was still called Centreville and built the town’s first general store in 1877. He built a wharf to make it possible for steamboats to dock along the Stillaquamish River waterfront. Pearson became the sixth Postmaster in seven years, changing the town’s postal designation to a less commonly used name of Stanwood, the maiden name of his wife Clara. The house was built in 1890 and was placed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places in 1973. It is a three-story Second Empire Victorian style.

Stanwood I.O.O.F. Public Hall – 1902

27130 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood
Open Wed & Fri, 1pm – 4pm, & special events

The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was restored in 2003 by the Stanwood Area Historical Society to host music, arts, cultural and family events, as it once did in the early 1990s.

Stanwood Volunteer Fire Department (1929)

10209 270th St. NW, Stanwood

Home to S.A.A.L. Brewing,

Camano Lutheran Church

Camano Lutheran Church – 1906

850 Heichel Rd, Camano Island
Open Sundays

Established in 1890 in Utsalady. In 1895 services were held at the Livingston Bay school, which was located across the road. It was moved to this site and is now Pioneer Hall. Construction of this church began in 1904 and the dedication was July 9, 1906. Listed on the Washington Heritage Register.

Kristoferson Farm – 1912

332 North East Camano Dr, Camano Island
Open daily

The barn was built in 1914 from Douglas Fir milled on site. Kristoferson Barn has been the hub of farm operations for the Kristoferson family for over 100 years. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Barnum Point – 1904

278 S Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island
Open daily

.In 1904 Sterling J. Barnum arrived on Camano Island from Binghamton, New York. After searching the island by boat, he bought 110 acres and cleared 40 of them for a farm. Mr. Barnum served one term as County Commissioner from 1914-1915 to promote road building on the island and by the 1920s the Island was welcoming auto traffic through Stanwood.

The property remained in the family’s hands until the 2010s when family members could no longer support the property. In about 2013 they began negotiating with community groups interested in preserving this spectacular and undeveloped geographic feature that could have been sold for residential development.

Camano Island State Park – 1949

2269 Lowell Point Rd, Camano Island
Open daily dawn to dusk

A community initiated and supported park. In 1949, ninety-two acres of land was acquired for a park. The initial development was accomplished in one day by nearly 500 public spirited volunteers from Stanwood and Camano Island.

Cama Beach State Park – 1934

1880 South West Camano Dr, Camano Island
Open daily dawn to dusk

Cama Beach was a 1930s-era fishing resort complete with waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows. Muriel and Lee Risk operated Cama Beach Resort for 55 years. In 1990, the Risk daughters acted to turn the property into a state park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Camano City Schoolhouse – 1906

993 Orchid Rd, Camano Island
Open for special events

Built in 1906, this one room schoolhouse served students of the rapidly growing mill town of Camano City. It was used as a school until 1936. Then it served as a community hall, home to the Fire Department and Sparklers auxiliary. It was sold in 2012 to the Camano Schoolhouse Foundation. Listed on the Washington Heritage Register in 2014.

American Legion Post 207 – 1949

609 SW Camano Drive, Camano Island
Open for special events

The Camano Island American Legion was founded in 1949. According to members, they met at the South Camano Grange Hall before purchasing the old Ferris Upholstery & Mattress Factory building on the Camano City road north of Camp Pleasant.

Utsalady Ladies Aid – 1906

79 Utsalady Rd, Camano Island
Open for special events

Utsalady Ladies Aid was founded in 1908. It is the second oldest organization in Island County. The building was constructed in 1923 for $566.73. It is a symbol of community spirit and unity for those living on Camano Island. Listed on WA Heritage & National Registers of Historic Places since 1998.

Camano Pioneer Cemetery

557 East North Camano Dr, Camano Island
Open daily dawn to dusk

Camano Island’s early settlers and some Native Americans are buried here.