Olmstead Place State Park, located four miles east of Ellensburg, is a charming and rustic 217-acre day-use park that celebrates the legacy of the family farm. Open year round, the park’s pastoral landscape provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life and a rare opportunity to experience a historic pioneer homestead, where part of the work is still accomplished with some of the park’s collection of antique implements. Olmstead Place also offers public tours and is perfect for school field trips. The park gives kids an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn about rural life. The original 160-acre homestead is a heritage area and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park’s goal is to bring the family farm back to life by allowing visitors to experience a pioneer homestead. The map below illustrates the heritage area, where many historic buildings still stand, complete with original furnishings. As you wander across the park, try to imagine what it was like arriving and settling in the Kittitas Valley in 1875. Try, if for only a moment, to perceive the rewards our ancestors cherished and the hardships they endured.
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Olmstead Place State Park
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