Visitors and residents are invited to celebrate Kent’s past at multiple events this July and August 2018.

Showcasing local history, the celebration features special exhibits and bus and walking tours of the city’s oldest homes, businesses and cemeteries.

July events include:

Saturday, July 21

  • Neely-Soames Homestead’s Heritage Garden (5311 South 237th Place) will start the festivities this Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 28

  • Historical information booth at the Kent Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and West Meeker Street, where information will be available highlighting all the events.

August events include:

Saturday, August 4

  • Greater Kent Historical Society Museum Open House, 855 East Smith Street, noon to 4 p.m. Hounds Meet History: Exhibit featuring famous historical pets of King County.
  • Historical Information Booth, West Meeker Street and 2nd Avenue North, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring photos of Kent’s past and talk with local historians.

Saturday, August 11

  • Historical Information Booth, West Meeker Street and 2nd Avenue North, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring photos of Kent’s past and talk with local historians.
  • Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center, 29308 132nd Avenue SE, Auburn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See hundreds of objects and photographs detailing the settling of the Soos Creek Plateau and celebrating 100th Anniversary of World War I, songs of WWI by “Smooth Tones” and a historical re-enactment.
  • Historical Downtown Walking Tour, begins at the corner of 2ndAvenue North and West Meeker Street, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each walk is limited to the first 25 people.
  • Unity Church of Kent Open House, 218 State Avenue South, noon to 4 p.m. Learn more about this local church and the history behind the Labyrinth.

Sunday, August 12

  • Greater Kent Reunion, 600 East Smith Street, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The theme this year is the Morrill Bank.
  • Sidetrack Distillery Barn, 27010 78th Avenue South, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. View an old-world style distillery on the farm, design and materials replicate historical barns in the valley and the doors are from an 1800s barn used in the design.
  • Mary Olson Barn, 28728 Green River Road, noon to 5 p.m. The Mary Olson Farm is a 67-acre subsistence farm and fully-restored historic landmark nestled in a dramatic canyon along the Green River. Tour the restored 1897 barn, pause and consider what life was like on a rural farm in the 1902 farmhouse. Other restored and preserved structures to explore include a weaving shed, chicken coop, outhouse, smokehouse and 19th century wagon road.
  • Carriage Barn Open House, 855 East Smith Street, noon to 4 p.m., carriage barn antique quilt show.

Saturday, August 18

  • Pacific Cascade Mustang Car Show, 625 West James Street, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free spectator admission and awards for 40+ classes of cars.
  • Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, 5917 South 196th Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special free admission this day only to the nation’s primary resource for historical information on hydroplane racing.

Sunday, August 19

  • Historic Cemeteries Bus Tours, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Meeting place: Kent Senior Center parking lot (600 East Smith Street). A docent will accompany guests on this informative tour of Kent’s historic cemeteries. While the tour is free, registration is required for transportation planning.

Saturday, August 25

  • St. Anthony Chapel Open House, 304 Third Avenue South, Kent, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the chapel. Brochures are available telling the story of each original stained-glass window created by Povey Studios.
  • Kent Lutheran Church Open House, 336 Second Avenue South, Kent, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Listen to local residents born and raised in Kent sharing stories about the changes they have seen over the years and their engagement with the church. Also, taste Scandinavian flare treats, hear the story on how the congregation worked with a designer to create the 12 frames in a stained-glass window, and view a display of photos sharing the roots of establishment.

For more details, visit or contact the Greater Kent Historical Museum at 253-854-4330.

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