All posts by Tiffany Villigan

Meadowdale: “One of the most prettily situated hamlets in Snohomish County.”

by Tiffany Villigan, 2011

The very early years

Long before you or I were here, the area that is now known as Meadowdale was nothing but lush, green forests and waterfront. If you’ve ever wandered through Lund’s Gulch or the adjoining Meadowdale County Park—following the trails that take you from civilization, through a dense forest and steep ravines, and miraculously deposit you at the clear blue waters of Puget Sound—you may be able to imagine what the area was like 200 years ago. Indeed, it would later be described as “one of the most prettily situated hamlets in Snohomish County,” and “extremely pretty [whose] views of Puget Sound are glorious.”

The region that would eventually be named “Meadowdale” stretched roughly from Continue reading

Meadowdale: “One of the most prettily situated hamlets in Snohomish County.” (part 2)

by Tiffany Villigan, 2011

Part II: Meadowdale continues to grow, and looks to satisfy the needs of its residents

By 1910, the region known as Meadowdale—bounded by current Highway 99 on the east, 180th St. SW to the south, Lake Serene to the north, and Puget Sound on the west—had grown from the uninhabited wilderness of the late 1800s and early 1900s to roughly 100 households.

With the expanding population, typical problems of a growing city began to arise, Continue reading

New Twitter game! Where Am I Wednesdays

Starting this week, we’re going to feature a new game on our Twitter account: Where Am I Wednesdays. On select Wednesdays, we’ll post a picture of an Alderwood Manor- or Lynnwood-related site. Some might be obvious, some might not be so obvious. It might be at the Alderwood Manor Heritage cottage, at Heritage Park, or anywhere else related to Alderwood Manor or local history.

Some weeks I may be joined by my friend, Babe Ruth. No, not the baseball player. Babe Ruth is the great-great-great…granddaughter of the famous Alderwood Manor hen, Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth laid 326 eggs in one year and was written about in many  newspapers across the country!
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If you’re on Twitter, you can follow us @AlderwoodManor to see our #WhereAmIWednesday game. Think you know where I am? Send us a tweet or a reply.

If you’re not on Twitter, you can still watch: type into your web browser, and there we are! You won’t be able to tweet a reply, but you can always come to our website and leave a comment in the Contact Us form on the right of any page. Let me know if you’re enjoying the game, or if you think you know where I am!

Anyone who correctly answers where I am–either via Twitter or our website–will have the satisfaction of seeing their name (first name only) mentioned on Twitter 🙂

Answers will be revealed on the following Sundays.

Oral History Detective: JoAnn Rossi edition

In JoAnn Rossi’s oral history interview (which you can read here), she mentions a class picture she brought in to donate to Alderwood Manor Heritage. As I was transcribing the interview, I thought of all the boxes we have in our collections room, and wondered where in the world that picture might be. I’d love to find the picture and include it with the interview transcript at the cottage, as well as use it as a visual aid on the web version of the transcript. Now, if only I could find that picture… Continue reading

Lynnwood Farmers Market at Wilcox Park

The majority of the time, this blog will talk about all the fun or behind-the-scenes happenings at Alderwood Manor Heritage Association. Today, however, I’m going to rave about the new Lynnwood Farmers Market at Wilcox Park, since the market is practically our neighbor.

The market will have a different lineup every week, featuring standard farmers market vendors, along with crafts, community involvement stands, and musicians. If produce isn’t your thing, though, or your stomach starts growling like mine did, Continue reading

A “Behind the Scenes” blog

Well, here it is: our first official post on our shiny new Alderwood Manor Heritage Association blog.

The main goal of the blog is to be able to share with everyone the cool and interesting things that happen behind the scenes at AMHA. We have a lot of nifty goings-on, but unless you’re part of the group that’s actually working on a project, you might not know about it. With our new blog and updates to our site, hopefully we’ll be able to give everyone some insight into the inner workings of AMHA. Continue reading

Welcome to the new and improved Alderwood Manor Heritage Association website!

Welcome to the new and improved website of the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association!

One of our goals for 2014 is to have a better online presence, starting with a regularly-updated website and a blog, featuring posts from the AMHA President, Board members, and other volunteers, letting you know what’s going on at AMHA.

AMHA members will continue to receive our quarterly Clippings newsletters in the mail; our online sites are simply another way for us to connect with our members and the community, and for you to connect with us. We look forward to posting updates about upcoming events and ongoing projects at AMHA, and also to hearing what you think via comments on our blog or at

We may be slow with new content in the beginning, but once we’ve got everything running smoothly, we hope to have lots of good information for you on a regular basis. And if you have ideas of what you’d like to see on our website or blog, e-mail us at