The Pioneer Farm Museum in the Ohop Valley near Eatonville, WA, brings history to life with hands-on learning activities for school children and their families. The programs focus on the richness and diversity of the cultural interaction between the local Native Americans and the early pioneers. A recent land donation has brought the museum’s vision of constructing a permanent longhouse-type structure in a wooded knoll above the farm closer to realization.

BOLA is currently working with the museum staff and advisory board, a log and timber framer, and civil and landscape architects to provide schematic designs for the new timber building, to be constructed using Native American tools and techniques. The open-frame “winter house” will be used to present the cultural heritage of the region through craft activities, overnight events, and educational programs.

The next three steps in the project are to permit the project, bring in a road to the site for construction, and complete architectural plans for the main building. The museum has secured funding from the Nisqually Tribe for the initial work on this project and fundraising efforts are under way  to see it to completion.