A new exhibit coming in early July to the Woodinville Heritage Museum will spotlight the 1913 Hollywood Dairy Farm, Hollywood Poultry Farm and historic Stimson Mansion. The main property now houses Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Artifacts from the farm properties and numerous photos of early farm activities will be displayed.
At one time, Fred Stimson and his Hollywood Farm raised prize dairy cows and marketed fresh milk, cream, sausages, butter and ice cream at their store, Hollywood Dairy, on 2nd Avenue in Seattle and later at Westlake and Pine.
His poultry farm on Hollywood Hill above the valley raised champion White Leghorn chickens whose egg-laying ability was legendary and whose eggs were also sold at the Seattle store.
Stimson’s wife, Nellie, presided over pristine greenhouses on the farm property, and flowers and potted plants were shipped around the world and sold at the farm store, Hollywood Gardens, in Seattle. The Seattle couple regularly entertained many of Seattle’s finest families at their Woodinville country estate, but made their permanent home in The Highlands, an exclusive Seattle area.
The Woodinville Heritage Museum is open to the public every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. until Labor Day. Admission is free.
The museum is housed in the pioneer DeYoung House at 14221 NE 171st St., one block east of 140th Avenue NE.
Another exhibit room contains a display of Woodinville’s 10 early-day general stores dating from the 1880s to the 1960s, including artifacts and photos. Another room features photos and information depicting the history of the DeYoung family.