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Celebrate Spring at Fort Nisqually

March 28, 2019

Help us welcome spring, 19th century style, at Fort Nisqually’s annual Sewing to Sowing event on April 13, 11 am to 4 pm.

The always popular baby lambs will be visiting and guests can check out our poultry house and visit with our heritage breed chickens and rooster.  Families can get their hands dirty in the Fort’s heritage gardens, which include the kitchen garden, a small orchard, and the field crops, by planting their own seed to take home. Visitors can try their hand at making cyanotypes, a 19th century photo printing process powered by the sun, using objects from nature.

The ladies of the Fort will demonstrate various hand-sewing techniques and guests will have the opportunity to try one of the world’s earliest sewing machines, the Wheeler and Wilson. Visitors can learn to sew sachets filled with real lavender from the Fort’s garden. A fine assortment of needlework by the Fort’s sewing guild will be available for sale with all proceeds supporting the historical clothing collection. As always, there will be several dozen historic interpreters to visit with as they cook in the kitchen, play music on the porch, spin yarn in the Laborers’ Dwelling, and hammer in the blacksmith’s shop.

“Sewing to Sowing is the perfect opportunity to get outside after the long winter,” said event coordinator Allison Campbell.  “There will be lots of hands-on activities and opportunities for guests to explore life in Washington Territory in the 1850’s.”

Admission is $8-10. Children 3 and younger are free. For more information, visit or call (253) 404-3970.

About the museum

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost and headquarters of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company. Visitors travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the granary and the factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a visitor center with museum store.