Historic walking tour set for Saturday in Lacey

Take a step back in time this Saturday in Lacey as the city offers its first historic walking tour of its oldest neighborhood.

The tour is free and begins at 10 a.m. at the Lacey Museum, 829 Lacey St. S.E. It will be led by Susan Goff, who currently serves on the historical commission. She’s also the city’s 2013 Lacey Historian of the Year, recognized for her time as a former volunteer at the Lacey Museum, said Lori Flemm, Lacey’s parks and recreation director.

The tour, which is a mile-and-a-half, will lead people through the old Lacey historic neighborhood, which is north of Pacific Avenue and west of Carpenter Road, including stops along Lacey, Bowker and Ulery streets, as well as along Pacific Avenue and Seventh Avenue S.E.

The tour is expected to take an hour, Flemm said.

Sites along the tour include Sacred Heart Church, Lacey Women’s Club and residences such as Huntamer House, Jensen House and the Groom/Turner house. The residences in the area were built between the late 1890s and early 1900s. And the homes were built on large lots in those days, Flemm said, giving the owners enough room for a large garden or even a cow.

There’s also the Homann House, which was home to A. G. Homann, Lacey’s first mayor when the city was incorporated in 1966. The Homann House today is occupied by a nonprofit, Flemm said, but at one time the city council met in the house. Homann also worked as a contractor, Goff added.

The building that is home to the Lacey Museum also has plenty of history. It was built as a private residence in 1926 and used to sit where Lacey Fire District 3 headquarters is today. The building was Lacey’s first City Hall and also has been home to the fire and police departments. The building moved to its current location in 1977 and opened to the public as a museum in 1981.

Flemm said the city hopes to put on the tour every year. “That’s our goal,” she said.

In addition to the tour, June is Lacey History Month and the 2014 Lacey Historian of the Year is Richard Jones. Jones served on Lacey’s first city council in 1966. He also has written about that experience and volunteers at the Lacey Museum.