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  • The Ezra Meeker Historical Society The Ezra Meeker Historical Society

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Mission Statement

To restore, preserve and promote the Meeker mansion, the history of the Puyallup Valley and its links to the Oregon Trail. The Society will operate a facility for research, preservation of historical artifacts and provide visitors with educational programs, exhibits and events.

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The Society has 100 plus paid members and 12 business members. We receive over 8000 visitors each year to the Historic Meeker Mansion. There is a staff of 3 part-time employees and many volunteers. The Meeker Mansion, which is on the National Historic Registry, is open for tours, teas and event rentals. We also have several annual events throughout the year such as a fall Cider Squeeze, summer Band Concert and Mothers Day Teas.

Meeker Mansion is a 17 room Italianate Victorian Mansion. Ezra was 60 years old and the house was built for he and his wife. Ezra Meeker tool his wife, Eliza Jane, along for a hop selling trip to England. She was presented to Queen Victoria and became smitten with some of the finer things in life. Ezra was quite contented with his log-cabin life, but agreed that his wife could have such a house if she wanted-and could pay for it. This is the house that Eliza Jane Meeker built and retained title to. The house was designed by Farrell and Darmer, Architects, of Tacoma, Washington. It took three years to build and was finished by 1890. The Meekers lived here about 20 years, until Mrs. Meeker died in 1909. After Mrs. Meeker died Mr. Meeker left the house.

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