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Experience Historical Kent Day celebrates city’s history Aug. 16

KENT, Wash. July 10, 2014Visitors and residents are invited to celebrate Kent’s past on Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the first Experience Historical Kent Day. Showcasing local history, the day-long celebration features special exhibits and bus and walking tours of the city’s oldest homes, businesses, parks and cemeteries. 

 

Highlights include: 

 

  • Greater Kent Historical Museum and Mill Creek Neighborhood Historic Home and Garden Walking Tour,855 E. Smith St.,10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every half-hour (last tour 3 p.m.).Turn-of-the-century and Great Depression-era homes.  Purchase $20 tickets online or at the museum. 

 

  • Neely-Soames Historic Homestead Annual Open House, 5311 S. 237 Place (along the Green River Trail),10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tour the grounds and get a glimpse of the way residents lived in 1885. 

 

  • Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center, 29308 132nd Ave. SE, Auburn, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Antique quilts and cars, entertainment by the Old Time Fiddlers Association and more. 

 

  • Historic Downtown Walking Tours, corner of 2nd Ave. N. & Meeker St., 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 2 p.m. Each walk is limited to the first 25 people. 

 

  • Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, 5917 South 196th St., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Special free admission this day only to the nation’s primary resource for historical information on hydroplane racing. 

 

  • Historic Cemeteries Bus Tour: A pamphlet will be available for guests on this informative tour of Kent’s historic cemeteries.  While the tour is free, registration is required for transportation planning. 

 

For more details, visit KentWA.gov/ExperienceHistoricalKent or contact Toni Azzola, 253-856-5708. 

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