One-time inn celebrates 100th anniversary with Oct. 11 open house

The historic Rosemary Inn, now home of NatureBridge in Olympic National Park, is celebrating its centennial this year. On Saturday, NatureBridge and the park will hold an open house.

The inn, first called Rosemary Camp, was named for Rose Littleton and her lifelong assistant, Mary Daum. The first visitor, according to the register, checked in on June 20, 1914. The camp was carved out of the dense forest when it opened in June 1914. Guests arrived by crossing Lake Crescent by ferry.

During President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s visit to the Olympic Peninsula in 1937, the inn hosted him for breakfast.

It became part of the park in 1944 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. A major restoration was completed in the 1990s, allowing the resort to be repurposed as the home of NatureBridge. It now serves as a residential environmental science education center for students.

John Daum, brother of Mary Daum, designed and constructed the buildings that made up the inn complex, using the Craftsman style. He used materials available nearby, primarily cedar and fir.

The open house will be from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Visitors will have the chance to tour the inn, play croquet, paddle on Lake Crescent, press apples and view displays and artifacts from 1-3:30 p.m. There will be time to tell stories about the inn from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Salmon bake, potluck

The annual traditional salmon bake and potluck sponsored by Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Schafer State Park.

Salmon and beverages will be provided by the group, but attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share.

People are asked to give a $7 donation to help with costs.

The park is at 1365 W. Schafer Park Road, Elma. For information, call 360-789-9953.

Cama Beach events

The State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks program is bringing a live music performance and two family dances to Cama Beach State Park this month.

The free events will be held at the Cama Center in the park, 1880 SW Camano Drive on Camano Island.

Friday: 7 p.m., “Fiddling Down the Oregon Trail” with Vivian and Phil Williams. The Williamses, owners of Voyager Records, will perform tunes and songs that made their way to Washington via travelers on the Oregon Trail, and will show and play vintage musical instruments from the mid-1800s.

Saturday: 2-4 p.m., family square dance. The Williamses will be joined by Terry Wergeland, who will accompany them on accordion for a family dance. Amy Carroll will call the dances. All ages are welcome, and no dance experience is required.

Oct. 25: 3-5:30 p.m., family square dance. The band Rabbit Stew will play this event. The band includes Alex McLeod on fiddle, Beth Clemetson on guitar and Tom Collicott on banjo. Veteran square dance caller Tony Mates will lead the dances. All ages are welcome, and no experience is required.

A Discover Pass is required for parking at Cama Beach.