Category Archives: Historical Photographs

New Exhibits Afternoon & Norway Night – Sunday Sept 18th

Sunday, September 18th

Open House • Tour the New and Updated Museum Exhibits in Museum behind the D. O Pearson House
1 – 4 p.m.

Followed By
Hors d’oeuvres & History
Norway Night • 4 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 18th
Join us for Norwegian desserts and refreshments while hearing Norwegian pioneer family histories and short presentations on the Norwegian influence on Stanwood and vicinity.
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center

New and Revised Exhibits

4thofJulyBakery

Visit our new exhibits on the 4th of July.  Photograph is of an early parade in front of the Stanwood bakery that was on Main Street (brick street, 270th NW)

Many of our exhibits have been undergoing extensive revisions and some are completely new. Our museum behind the Pearson House has new display hanging systems and exhibit lighting (completely LED) thanks to a Snohomish County Community Heritage grant in received in 2015.

Please make an appointment for a tour with one of our board members or volunteers to lead you through the changes.  If you come by during our open hours and we have no one available, please make an appointment.  We welcome new volunteers, especially people who would like to learn more history and share it as a tour guide.  We will match you up with someone to learn from, contact us.

  • D. O. Pearson House – Historic home of Stanwood’s first mayor. Maintained as a Victorian Period Home.
    Includes Miniature Dollhouses – Third floor, Pearson House

  • Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center – Historic Fraternal Hall used as event space with museum exhibit featured on the third floor. The last few years have featured Waistlines & Hemlines Fashion and Vintage Women’s Clothing Exhibit.

  • Stanwood Camano Area Museum

    • Stanwood High Schools’ Class Picture Project – Museum ramp
    • Market & Main Street History in Pictures – Museum ramp
    • East Stanwood History in Pictures – Museum ramp
    • Early Stanwood / Camano Area Fabric Art — Sewn by Camano Island Quilters & designed by Jack Gunter – – Museum 2nd Floor
    • The Story of the Stanwood Waterfront – Stillaguamish River and aerial views of historic Stanwood. – Museum 2nd Floor
    • The Stories Maps Tell – A Cartographer’s View of Port Susan, Stanwood Area and Camano Island. – Museum 2nd Floor
    • Country Schools and Town Schools – Photographs of Stanwood Area Historic Schools – Museum Stair Display area

And there is more to follow soon !

Historical Sign at Terry’s Corner Gateway

Terry's Corner Camano Island Directory

Photographer: Charles Terry. Click the image to see a larger version.

Paul Dorpat, Seattle historical photograph expert shared this photograph with the Stanwood Area Historical Society many years ago. He is a collector of vintage photographs of places in Washington State.

The Camano Island Chamber of Commerce recently updated its Camano Gateway sign at the fork in the road (State Route 532). But this directory shows several now historical places, businesses, resorts, beaches, etc. Note the prominent landmark location referring to Terry’s Corner. This corner used to refer to the intersection of North Camano Drive and Sunrise Blvd which is why there are so many trees in the distance on the hillside behind the sign. There was a stop sign there as there is now. The right turn takes you to Utsalady and the left turn takes you south. This photograph was taken before the fork was put in the State Highway Dept in the 1960s so the photograph would be dated some time in the 1950s or early 60s.  It was located at the time at the stop sign intersection beyond the current gateway Camano Island Chamber of Commerce building because S. R. 532 to the south end had not yet bypassed that intersection.

Terrys Corner Kroll Plat Map 1932The name of the photographer has been identified as Charles Terry, the owner of the property at the time.   The 1932 Kroll map clipping shows that at the time it belonged to William Terry, Charles father.  For more on this history, see the book Camano Island Images of America (Arcadia Publishing, 2006.

If you have information that would further date this photograph, such as the dates that Seashell Café existed, please let us know! Contact us.