Bigelow House Museum, Olympia

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The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting the history of Olympia, Washington, the Bigelow House and the Bigelow House Museum.

Visit our website olympiahistory.org, or email us at olyhistory@gmail.com to sign up for free bulletins on local history-related events and for our seasonal newsletter.
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  • Bigelow house is a look into the life of the homesteading lawyer who built it and his family. It’s unusual in that the house and furnishings stayed in the same family until becoming a small museum.....  more »
  • Beautiful Cottage Style pre-Victorian architecture built in 1840s for Dr. Bigelow who was the doctor for the entire territory and the native Americans. For decades was only house on the West-side of.....  more »
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  • Lots of great history , Ron was an awesome tour guide! Amazing pieces of art throughout the house
  • This was the first home built in Washington that was not a log cabin. It was built by Harvard alum, Daniel Bigelow around 1852 after he arrived in the area by crossing the Oregon Trail. After he married, he and his wife had 8 children and hosted a few important historical figures such as Susan B. Anthony. Mrs. Bigelow was very active in the women's suffrage movement. The house was added onto during the several years it remained in the Bigelow family or 1994. It became a state house museum shortly before that even when the last of the family was living there. Cheryl, our docent, was extremely knowledgeable and thorough. The tour lasts about an hour and is well worth the time. They only ask for donations; there is no set entrance fee.

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