Our History

On a spring day in 1991, 12 people sat at school lunchroom tables, brainstorming how to honor the unique history of the Quilcene area. From that meeting a plan for a museum was hatched.

Local philanthropist and founding member Eilleen Worthington donated land for the museum site, and the Presbyterian Church provided a structure from their property for the price of one dollar! Professional Quilcene house movers John and Jeff Monroe moved the building down the street to the corner of Columbia and Center Road and it was transformed into the museum building. Two years of volunteer work by charter members and many community volunteers made the Quilcene Historical Museum ready for dedication in the spring of 1993.

Moving museum building

Original museum


Families from the area generously donated artifacts, photographs, family histories and documents. Very quickly the museum outgrew its space. With generous funding from Jefferson County, the local community and in-kind contributions of materials and labor, the Board authorized constructing a building addition.

That addition, now the inviting entrance to the museum, provides space for research and reference materials as well as meeting space for museum business. In 2023-24, a small addition for storage was completed.

Picture: Museum storage addition

The Museum Today