San Juan Historical Society raising funds for Fairgrounds Pioneer Cabin

Posted August 13, 2022 at 3:21 pm by

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The His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety shares details about the mul­ti-phase reha­bil­i­ta­tion project of the Pio­neer Cab­in locat­ed at the San Juan Coun­ty Fairgrounds.

In the ear­ly 1920s, when the San Juan Coun­ty Fair­grounds were being devel­oped, it was pro­posed that a log cab­in be built to com­mem­o­rate the role of ear­ly Euro-Amer­i­can fam­i­lies in the set­tle­ment of the islands.

The call went out for indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies to con­tribute a peeled log to the project and response was enthu­si­as­tic. Logs were con­tributed for ear­ly set­tlers who were no longer liv­ing includ­ing Edward War­bass, Charles McK­ay and Stephen Boyce. A plaque was placed in the cab­in list­ing those who were being memo­ri­al­ized. The 59 names on the plaque rep­re­sent­ed a broad swath of set­tler fam­i­lies: Boyce, Cheva­lier, Dou­glas, Guard, Jensen, King, Mad­den, Law­son, Rosler, Sand­with, and many oth­ers. The cab­in was com­plet­ed in time for the open­ing of the fair and ded­i­cat­ed on Oct. 9, 1924.

Over the years, the cab­in has been used for exhibits and a vari­ety of activ­i­ties. Today, the cab­in needs major restora­tion, begin­ning with the replace­ment of the roof. Our ini­tial fundrais­ing goal is $5,000 for roof replace­ment. This is part of a mul­ti-phase reha­bil­i­ta­tion project intend­ed to be com­plet­ed in time for its cen­ten­ni­al in 2024. The San Juan His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety is ded­i­cat­ed to assur­ing that the cab­in will con­tin­ue as a his­toric venue where island res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can explore San Juan Coun­ty lore and enjoy a vari­ety of exhibits and activ­i­ties for decades to come.

The San Juan His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety is rais­ing mon­ey to replace the roof as part of the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation’s 2022 Coun­ty Fair Giv­ing Cam­paign. Through this pro­gram, the first $1,000 in dona­tions will be matched dol­lar-for-dol­lar by the Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion. The His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety is also eli­gi­ble for up to $2,500 in bonus grants award­ed through­out the fair.

To be eli­gi­ble for match­ing funds, dona­tions to the San Juan His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety must be made dur­ing the 2022 Coun­ty Fair, August 17–20. Donors can con­tribute online, in per­son at the Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion fair booth, or by mail­ing a check payable to SJICF, dat­ed between August 17–20 with San Juan His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety in the memo line, to P.O. Box 1352, Fri­day Har­bor, WA 98250.

Please join us in our efforts to restore the cab­in and please vis­it us in the cab­in dur­ing the fair to learn more about the project.

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