A Message from Mari PhillipsPresident of the Board, Quilcene Historical Museum
I would like to offer some brief but heartfelt words to our community during this challenging period. I love the people that make up our beloved town of Quilcene. Unincorporated, rural and even a little rustic – we are the biggest little village on the Olympic Peninsula – and we punch way above our weight.
In recent weeks we have seen how selfless individual acts have had a collective impact for the good. Whether it was the dedicated efforts of our school bus drivers and our Food Bank volunteers to feed our community, or our Fire Rescue first responders keeping us safe – these acts define who we are. I am so proud to call this wonderful place my home.
Our community has had its share of challenging times for well over a century and has always landed on its feet. Your Museum will support our transition as we overcome this current health threat and provide a place where we can once again gather as a community and celebrate our rich history, natural beauty and cultural roots.
We have adjusted our event schedule at Worthington Park to best support our community’s well-being. In close coordination with Quilcene Fire Rescue and our school, we took the regrettable but necessary step in canceling the Easter Egg Hunt. We have also delayed the opening of the Museum until Jefferson County moves into Phase 3 of their COVID-19 restrictions – possibly in July. Finally, after recent discussions with County officials, we unfortunately determined that present COVID-19 regulations would not allow us to host the new Quilcene Gravel Unravel bike race and ride this year. We are pleased to announce that we have committed to hosting the event next year on 26 June. We remain hopeful that we can host some events at Worthington Park over the late summer to include a free outdoor Movie Under the Stars and our annual Tasting Gala. Our fall schedule still includes the Oyster Races and the Harvest Festival. I anticipate even more events to fill our schedule as the work at Worthington Park completes this year.
We want Worthington Park to continue to be a vital community-gathering place that celebrates the history, natural beauty, and unique character that together make our Quilcene the Pearl of the Peninsula. During times like these we all need such a place.
Wishing you the best of health and happiness,
Concerts, Parties, and More
Worthington Park is a popular place for events open to the public. There is something for everyone!
Plan Your Event
Planning an event? From family reunions and outdoor picnics, to weddings, concerts, and more. Worthington Park is the place.
Our Rich History
Learn more about Quilcene, Washingon’s local history, as well as the surrounding areas at the Quilcene Historical Museum.
Unique, Historical Event Center
Worthington Park’s infrastructure provides ideal settings for special events throughout the year for our community as well as visitors from outside the county, state, and nation. Our vision is to integrate these unique features into a multi-functional event center to attract increased numbers of visitors as it educates, entertains, and enriches. We expect to become fully operational this year, and “open our doors” upon completion of the interior restoration and supporting infrastructure. Our facilities continue to attract an increasing number of visitors supporting our goals of building the local economy by attracting new events and tourism.
Worthington Park has everything necessary to host the event of your dreams. You can host an event or a party at the Linger Longer stage and meadow, next to the historic barn, beside the tranquil pond and scenic river, or even in the forested area along the CK Birkenfeld Trail. The 10 acre grounds include the outdoor stage with space for parking, event vendors, or anything else you can imagine to make your event successful.
The Worthington Mansion was built in 1892 and contains 17 rooms, rises to 3 stories, and is capped by a magnificent Late Victorian, French 2nd Empire Mansard roof – creating a generous amount of unique interior space for events of all kinds, from intimate parties to corporate retreats.
Worthington Park is a Property of the Quilcene Historical Museum, a 501(c)3 organization.
Worthington Park hosts many public events – including concerts, community festivals, fundraisers, and more.
Click Here to Visit the Events Page and See Our Full Schedule
We are hosting two outdoor athletic events this year: Gravel Unravel on June 27th, and the Oyster Races on September 20th. Registration is open for both races – please join us! We look forward to seeing you there.
The annual Half Marathon – with 10k and 5k options – in Quilcene. Beautiful surroundings for a run, with proceeds benefiting Quilcene-Brinnon Dollars for Scholars and Count Me In For Quilcene. The Half Marathon and 10k races are USATF Sanctioned and Certified.
In the News
Article in the Peninsula Daily News
The conditional use permit is in progress for converting the Worthington Mansion into a full event center.
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Read about the progress we’ve made in restoring the Worthington Mansion, its history, and our plans for the future – in the Spring 2019 issue of Living on the Peninsula magazine.
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