Olympia’s oldest resident: the Bigelow House endures

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Olympia’s title for “oldest building” goes to the Bigelow House, a testament to the city’s early days. Built by pioneer lawyer Daniel Bigelow and his schoolteacher wife around 1850, it’s one of the earliest residences still standing in the Pacific Northwest. This Carpenter Gothic-style home housed a pivotal family in Washington’s history, as the Bigelows championed women’s suffrage and public education. Generations of the Bigelow family kept the house largely intact and resided there until 2005.

Today, it operates as the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. Visitors can explore the well-preserved rooms and learn about Olympia’s intriguing past.

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