OHOP Indian Village Winter House Eatonville, Washington
The Pioneer Farm Museum in the Ohop Valley near Eatonville, Washington, brings history to life with hands-on learning activities for school children and families. Programs focus on the richness and diversity of the cultural interaction between local Native Americans and early pioneers. A land donation brought realization of the museum’s vision of constructing a permanent longhouse-type structure in a wooded knoll above the farm closer.
BOLA worked with the museum staff and advisory board, a log and timber framer, and civil and landscape architects to develop schematic designs for a 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 through craft activities, overnight events, and educational programs.
The Pioneer Farm Museum has secured funding from the Nisqually Tribe for initial work on this project, while fundraising efforts continue. Next steps call for permitting, road construction and complete architectural design work.