Take a stroll around the Historic Barge-Chestnut Neighborhood of Yakima and enjoy the views of the classic homes that symbolize the historical changes of Yakima. Beginning your walk at the Yakima Valley Museum, during this three mile, one hour walk you will see homes built in every decade, starting in 1880 through the mid-1980’s. Of note are the H. M. Gilbert Homeplace and the Rosedell Mansion, two classic examples of historic Yakima-area homes.
Park at the Yakima Valley Museum parking lot.
2105 Tieton Dr,
Yakima, WA 98902
The Museum is a 65,000-square-foot facility with historical exhibits on the Yakima Valley: its natural history, local Native American culture, pioneer life, early city life and the roots and development of the Valley’s fruit industry. The museum houses a collection of horse-drawn vehicles, historical exhibits and a reconstruction of the Washington, DC office of former Yakima resident and environmentalist Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. A special set of exhibits, the Children’s Underground, provides children hands-on activities. The Museum also owns and operates the restored 1898 H.M. Gilbert home place. Visitors can also eat and drink in a functioning replica of a late 1930’s Art Deco soda fountain.
- Turn right out of the parking lot onto Tieton, going west. You will go by the Museum.
- Turn right onto Stanley and follow it upward as it curves along the perimeter of the park.
- Turn left onto Chestnut.
- Follow Chestnut west and turn right onto 36th
- A block later, turn right onto Yakima Avenue going east.
- Follow Yakima Avenue to turn right on 19 Avenue.
- Follow 19th Avenue to Tieton.
- Turn right to finish at the Museum parking lot.
2109 West Yakima Avenue,
Yakima, WA 98902.
This is a Queen Anne Style farmhouse that exemplifies home life in the early 20th century, when families were planting orchards and Yakima was growing. This area was sagebrush when Mr. Horace M. Gilbert purchased 20 acres in 1897, constructing the house in 1898. The Gilberts owned the home until 1951 when Mrs. Gilbert died at age 89. Mr. Gilbert had preceded her in death in 1934. The L.M. Donelsons then lived in the home until 1981 and began restoration of the home and gardens to their original beauty, furnishing the house with Victorian antiques. In 1982 the Gilbert family purchased the house and donated it to the Yakima Valley Museum, where there is more historical information and interior pictures of the home.
1811 W Yakima Ave.
Yakima, WA 98902.
Rosedell was constructed from 1905 to 1909 by A.E. Larson. A. E. Larson was born in Minnesota in 1862 and traveled west in 1884 where he spent his early years in the timber business on the Washington and Oregon coast. He came to Yakima in 1891 and purchased the Scott Lumber Yard as his first business venture. The home was built using quarried sandstone from Rimrock Lake and boasts beautiful hardwood floors with a different and unique inlay border in each room. There is extensive original woodwork throughout the entire house. At 9600 square feet, this home has spacious rooms with a regal atmosphere and is currently being utilized as a Bed & Breakfast.