Today we drove to Bellingham to visit the Pickett House which is only open once a month. The home is maintained by the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington and is located at 910 Bancroft. We had a very informative guide who gave quite a history. No photos are allowed inside. Captain George E Pickett of the Ninth Infantry was dispatched here in 1856 to build Fort Bellingham in order to protect settlers and to build a military road. There is nothing left of the fort and location is now on private property owned by Smith Commercial Growers. Captain Pickett was an 1846 graduate of the USMA and veteran of the Mexican War. He later set up the American Camp on San Juan Island that we visited. In 1861 he returned to Virginia to become a Confederate General in the Civil War, never returning to Washington again.
|Pickett House Sign|
The Pickett House is the oldest wooden structure on its original site in the State of Washington. While here he married his second wife, an Indian woman named Kaigani Haida who gave birth to his only living child, James Tilden Pickett. She died when James was an infant and was raised by friends.
The house has changed ownership several times. In 1936 it was deeded to the Washington State Historical Society by Hattie Strother who lived here from 1889 to 1936 at her death. Much of the furnishings are original.
On the way back, we decided to make a brief stop at Camping World and then last minute decided to drive into LaConner..just a 5 mile drive off Hwy 20. La Conner is a picturesque, artsy community with many interesting shops and good eateries. The town is diverse including farmers, carpenters, artists and the Swinomish Tribal Community just across the bridge. In walking around, there are examples of sculpture by local artisans. Much of the original architecture has been perserved. We opted to have dinner at "the La Conner Pub & Eatery". Very good prawns and cod sticks. To return back to Hwy 20 we opted to cross the bridge and follow Reservation road which is about a 5 mile drive.
|As it Was|
|One of Many Historic Buildings|
|Bridge Across Swinomish Channel|
|Bridge View From Channel|
|La Conner from Bridge|
|Sweet Story About Dirty Biter|
|Sculpture of Dirty Biter|
|La Conner Pub & Eatery..not us.|
Finalized our trip over to Victoria on the 26th for 3 nights. We will just take the car and leave motorhome here. We were originally going to do the trip from Vancouver BC, but decided our time there was too filled.
Tomorrow we are once again going on the ferry to Port Townsend to attend a book signing by author Nancy McDaniel entitled "A Sound Defense, a military history of Puget Sound. John purchased the book when we were at Fort Worden and has previously been in contact with her. He is also mentioned several times in her books.