Welcome to the Tumwater Historical Association!

You, like our ancestors before us, are currently living the history of our grandchildren and their descendants. The Tumwater Historical Association (THA) provides you the opportunity to help write that history and to document the past and present for generations to come. THA will also help further the appreciation, understanding and teaching of the rich and unique history of the Tumwater area.

Pioneer Kids

Together, we will preserve our history through research, publications and living history activities.

THA promises a year of historical, educational and fun-filled activities for the entire community.  Check out our Calendar / Special Events section, mark the events on your calendar.  We hope you will plan to participate in some of our upcoming events.  Bring the entire family, the programs are great for people of all ages.  We'll be watching for you!



Upcoming Special Event(s):        


      October 1 - Thurston County Thru the Decades

                                                1850 - 1875

                                                Tumwater Falls Park, 10 am - 4 pm

                                                Click Here for a Poster


      October 15 - Tumwater Homestead Quilters             

                                                     Present a celebration for the donation and unveiling of a special

                                                     replica "Oak Leaf and Acorn Quilt"

                                                     Sunday, October 15 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm  

                                                     at the Historic Bigelow House

                                                     918 Glass Avenue NE in Olympia   

                                                     "The Tumwater Homestead Quilters painstakingly created the

                                                     replica based on a rare Oregon Trail era quilt in the Bigelow

                                                     House Collection.  The striking red and green coverlet was

                                                     Hand-appliqued and quilted by the Homestead Quilters who

                                                     will be on hand to share the story of the creation of the quilt

                                                     and demonstrate the art of quilting."

                                                     For More Info see www.olympiahistory.org

                                                     Admission is by donation for this event.  Also on display will be

                                                     a number of other historic replica mid-19th century quilts and

                                                     miniature quilts, all created by the Homestead group.  Guided tours

                                                     of the house, built by 1860 and one of the oldest houses in the area,

                                                     will be available as well as refreshments with a program at 2:30 pm.

           October 28 - Quilters Getaway

                                                    9:00 am - 4:00 pm     For More Info call (360) 943-7527

                                                    ($5 fee for this event.  Space is Limited. Call today!)

                                                    Click Here for a Brochure

                                                    Olympics West Retirement Inn

                                                    922 Trosper Road SW, Tumwater, WA