An hour and a half tour of Pioneer Farm Museum
Your tour includes visiting two homestead cabins built in the 1880’s and learn about the families who built and lived in them. Do the chores that pioneer children would have done in our log activity cabin such as: grinding grains, churning cream, scrubbing laundry, and carding wool. You may dress up like pioneers, get you hair curled with a old curling iron and shave with a dulled straight razor.
Helping with the barn chores includes: gathering eggs, milk the cow (or goat, which ever is available), pet and visit all the animals in the barn. You may even try a jump into the hay pile, feet first please.
Work in the blacksmith shop, heat up a horseshoe in the forge, pound or bend the shoe.
Move on to the wood shop and pound nails, use a bit and brace to drill, spud bark from a log, saw some wood with a buck saw, and shape wood with a draw knife.
Visit our replica Ohop Lutheran Mission schoolhouse. Rules and punishments for both students and teachers are hanging on the wall inside.
An hour and a half tour from season to season through the forest and the Ohop Indian Village
Your tour guide will help you do the same things that native people did at different times of the year.
The Spring and Summer Village will give you an opportunity to try target shooting with the bow and arrow, match animals game, use a bow drill and more.
The Fall Fishing Village is where you may try your hand at making a slate arrowhead, braid leather, pecking on a stone bowl, help to chip out a canoe, play the plank drum and target practice games.
The Winter Home will allow you to dress up in native style clothes, try Salish loom weaving, grind in a stone bowl, make a bracelet to take home and play indian basketball.
All of the seasons will show you how the Coast Salish people encouraged game playing to teach their children how to learn, listen and respect their enviroment.
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An hour and a half hike through a forested path in the Ohop Valley.
The guide will show and tell you about the plants native to the area. Learn how the plants were used for nutrition, medicines, tool and clothing. The guide will share with you the importance of our natural resources and why there is no such thing as a weed.
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Prices and Minimum Requirements
Reservations are made by phone @ 360-832-6300
All group tours are based at a minimum of twenty people paying admission. If you are interested in coming with fewer, you may wish to come during Public Tour times. Groups reserving 2 or more programs receive a discount of $1.00 per person on their second program choice. Cash, one check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and purchase orders are acceptable forms of payment.
Pioneer Farm Museum tour is $7.00 per person (20 person minimum).
Once the minimum is met, one adult chaperone is admitted at no charge for each ten children, you choose whether free chaperones are teachers or parents.
Other Tour/Program Options are $7.00 per person (20 person minimum):
$25.00 per person, additional optional group tours $5.00 per person, minimum $500.00 per group. Six adult chaperones are admitted at no charge when the minimum is met. A refundable deposit of $100.00 is required to secure a date, due within 45 days after calling in your reservation, for the Pioneer Living Experience and Salish Living Experience. Deposit is not refundable if program is canceled with less than 60 days notice.
The Pioneer Living Experience is your chance to feel like pioneers for a day. Pioneer Farm Tour, Folklore and Nature Trail programs are combined and extended to help you live like pioneers. Cook your meals over the open fire (you bring the food/beverages), we’ll help you make a pioneer snack. Listen to folklore by firelight in the activity cabin. Kids will help with barn chores in the morning. To extend your second day you may wish to add the Centennial Schoolhouse Lesson, Native American Seasons Tour or Indianlore/Craft. Add a second night with the Native American Living Experience (added admission charged).
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The Native American Living Experience (Coast Salish) is a “hands on” overnight experience in pre contact Coast Salish Native American Life. Your group will visit the
Ohop Indian Village on an extended Native American Seasons Tour, walk the Nature Trail to learn how to identify native plants and make a native craft item to take home. During the evening portion of the program the tour guide will help you make fry bread for dessert, listen to legends by the fire and sing native songs. In the morning there are chores and a wrap up discussion. To extend your second day add the Pioneer Farm Tour, Folklore/Craft, Centennial Schoolhouse Lesson or Indian Heritage Trail. When a group purchases a Native American Living Experience only, they must also purchase the Pioneer Farm Tour (add $5.00/person/minimum). Extend this experience with a Folklore Craft, Schoolhouse Lesson or Indian Heritage Trail (added admission
Stand in the heart of the Nisqually River Basin and experience the natural setting which is the Nisqually homeland. Hear their stories, legends and history. Learn of the values which shaped the Nisqually culture. Play the gamed enjoyed by Indian children for centuries. This tour requires your vehicle for transportation to the site.
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