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The Cabins Are Now Open!

The Historical Society will soon have their Denny & Barker Cabins available for public viewing and activities. Restored to their original beauty, these over-a- century-old structures will be open on the second Saturday of the month from 12:00pm – 4pm. Come see how the first settlers of Federal Way lived! May 14th , June 11th , July 9th , August 13th and September 10th . The Cabins are located at West Hylebos Wetland Park, 411 South 348 th Street Federal Way, WA.

The Denny Cabin
The Denny Cabin
David Denny was part of the original party that settled Seattle in 1851. This monograph tells his story including his construction of the Denny Cabin in 1889 for use as a real estate office to promote the sale of land at the foot of Queen Anne Hill, including the land that now makes up the Seattle Center and surrounding land. The 93 page monograph also tells why the Denny Cabin ended up in Federal Way and describes the restoration work accomplished by the Historical Society of Federal Way. Read More About Denny Cabin »

The Baker Cabin
The Barker Cabin
This 65 page article provides a history of the oldest original structure in Federal Way. This homestead cabin was built in 1883 by John Barker. Barker lived in this cabin with his wife and three children for seven years. Once called the "Ivied Cottage" because it was draped with ivy, the Barker Cabin is the oldest original structure in the Federal Way area. The Historical Society of Federal Way has restored the historic Barker Cabin for public display at the entrance to West Hylebos Wetlands Park on South 348th Street and Fourth Avenue South in Federal Way, Washington. Read More About Barker Cabin »

2016 Salmon Release

The Storming the Sound with Salmon program is a partnership between the City of Federal Way and the Federal Way School District which promotes science and environmental educa on, par cularly stormwater educa on. Over the school year, students in twenty-six schools have been raising salmon while at the same me learning about the impacts of water pollu on and what they can do to help prevent it. These Salmon Release Celebra ons are the grand finale to the program, when students get to release the salmon they have nurtured and cared into Hylebos Creek.
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HSFW Welcomes Two New Staff Members!

Meet Jeneva Scherr, Assistant Adminstrator, and Karen Meador, Development Activities Coordinator, and learn how they are to assist you.
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