|Located at:||5299 Nielsen Avenue Ferndale, WA|
|Park Ranger:||Jill Jacoby|
The Hovander House was built of 52,000 board feet of handpicked clear Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. Several Scandinavian design elements were used, such as large windows for light, and sculpting patterns for interior moldings and exterior gingerbread. Originally all the woodwork of this six-room, two story house, was treated inside and out with linseed oil. The overall scale and use of the ornamentation gives the Hovander House a manor-like appearance. The house was completed in 1903 and the 60-foot high barn, one of the largest wood barns in the County, was finished eight years later. The house is furnished with original pieces brought from Sweden by the family, and other furniture collected by Otis Hovander. Visitors can tour the Hovander House through the summer season's regularly scheduled tours or arrange for a private or group tour through the Park Ranger.
The Hovander House is open to the general public for tours. Please contact the park at 360.384.3444 for the current schedule, private and educational tours.
Tours are now available:
Sunday July 17, 2016 from 12:30 - 4:30
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 12:30 - 4:30 July 22, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Additional items available include: Portable BBQ Grill, Volleyball Set, and Stock Tubs for beverages
|The new playground opened on August 24, 2012. Located adjacent to the animal contact area to the east of the barnyard, the play equipment is a big hit with kids and parents alike. Two distinct play areas, one for toddlers and another for children ages 5 - 12. In keeping with its location near the barn and animal area, the playground is designed in a farm style.|
|The shores of Tennant Lake resound at different times with the clatter of migratory birds. This 624 acre site includes a shallow lake surrounded by extensive wetlands, fields, forest and riparian zone. Come meander through the lake on the newly renovated elevated boardwalk or climb the 50 foot tower to view the wildlife from above.|