Neely Mansion shines in video premiere

Executive board members of the Neely Mansion Association are, from left:  Karen Meador, Karen Bouton, Linda Van Nest and Hilda Heryhew. - Courtesy photo/Hilda Meryhew, Neely Mansion Association
Executive board members of the Neely Mansion Association are, from left: Karen Meador, Karen Bouton, Linda Van Nest and Hilda Heryhew.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Hilda Meryhew, Neely Mansion Association

More than 200 people attended the premiere screening of "If These Walls Could Talk" at the Neely Mansion on Oct. 27. The video depicts vignettes in the lives of each of the five families who lived at the historic farmhouse from the 1890s through the 1970s.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive.

"Interpreting history is about understanding the context in which it occurs – and the Neely Mansion Association's video does just that," said Ken Jensen, Black Diamond resident and historian. "The arrival of the railroad and modern conveniences, the stock market crash and the Great Depression, immigration and racial discrimination – it's all there and provides a window into the world of the families that lived in the mansion."

Judy Carrier, longtime Green Valley Road resident and retired teacher, enjoyed the premiere.

"Over the years of its restoration, I have visited the Neely Mansion a number of times and looked forward to visiting it again last Saturday night," she said. "The video satisfied some of the feelings from those earlier experiences of wanting to know more about the lives of the people who lived there and that unique property.

"For those of us who are curious about the past, I am glad 4Culture and the Neely Mansion Association have chosen to preserve our history in such a realistic and fascinating way for many to enjoy and, especially, for selecting a piece of that past so close to home."

Funded by 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, and filmed by Hero Labs, shooting locations included Neely Mansion, Mosby Farms on the Green Valley Road Heritage Corridor, the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn and the Barker Cabin located in West Hylebos Park in Federal Way.

The Neely Mansion is a county, state and national landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion is at 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn, just east of the Highway 18 Auburn-Black Diamond Road exit.

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