If you love history, you’re in luck this weekend! The Daughters of Pioneers are hosting an open house and tours of the Pickett House — the oldest building in Bellingham and the oldest wooden structure in Washington State!
Captain George E. Pickett first moved to Bellingham as leader of Company D of the Ninth Infantry to offer early Bellingham settlers protection. Soon after his arrival in Whatcom County, he began building his house overlooking the Roeder-Peabody Lumber Mill on Whatcom Creek. Built of undressed planks in 1856, the house is an important historical landmark for Whatcom County and The Pacific Northwest.
Pickett himself left Bellingham in 1861 when he went back to Virginia to lead Confederate troops in the Civil War. After becoming a General, Pickett led the 1863 charge at Gettysburg.
The Pickett House will be open to the public from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 9th. The house is located at 910 Bancroft St., Bellingham, WA, 98225.