"Dedicated to improving quality
of life by developing a sense of our community’s history and soul through
preservation, interpretation, education, outreach, research and fellowship”
In 1991 the area of Alderwood Manor (Lynnwood, Washington) had grown and looked
very different than it had some 70 years earlier after the Puget Mill Company
had logged this land. Concerned about these changes and the thought
that soon the once proud Community of Alderwood Manor would be gone, 32 current
and former residents met and formed the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association.
In October of 1991 the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association was incorporated in
Washington State as a 501c3 non-profit corporation.
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Alderwood Manor in 1992 the Association
developed an exhibit “Reclaiming the Roots of Alderwood Manor.” This exhibit
debuted at the Edmonds Museum and then traveled to various locations around
Snohomish County. In 1995 the Association was presented with the “Malstrom
Award” from the League of Snohomish County Heritage Associations in recognition
of this exhibit. The award is presented each year for outstanding heritage
programs in Snohomish County.
In 1996 the last remaining structures from the Demonstration Farm were
threatened with demolition when a new freeway interchange was to be constructed
at Interstate 5 and 196th SW in Lynnwood. The AMHA purchased the original
Demonstration Farm Superintendent’s Cottage. Partnering with the City of
Lynnwood plans were made by the city to develop a park that would feature the
heritage of the community. The Superintendent's Cottage would become a part of
this new park. The AMHA would finally have a place to house their collections
as well as space for interpretive displays. A Capital Campaign raised funds to
reconstruct the Cottage at Heritage Park. The Association membership was responsible for donating
the majority of funds for the project. City Bank of Lynnwood was the major
corporate donor and additional funds came from the Washington State Heritage
Capital Projects Fund.
The Alderwood Manor Heritage Cottage was completed in June of 2006 and
opened to the public. The Cottage welcomed over 300 visitors in the first three
months it was open.