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Back in time: Neely Mansion, its families are focus of short-film series

Dressed for a 1929 scene are, from left: Karen Meador, a Neely Mansion Association Board of Trustee; Mayor Pete Lewis, and Hilda Meryhew and Karen Bouton, of the Neely Mansion Association Board.  - Courtesy photo/Hilda Meryhew, Neely Mansion Association
Dressed for a 1929 scene are, from left: Karen Meador, a Neely Mansion Association Board of Trustee; Mayor Pete Lewis, and Hilda Meryhew and Karen Bouton, of the Neely Mansion Association Board.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Hilda Meryhew, Neely Mansion Association

Historic Neely Mansion and its families are the subject of a short-film series.

The filming of a series of five short videos depicting the histories of each of the five families who lived at the Neely Mansion began last week and continued the early part of this week in locations throughout South King County.

The last of King County's grand Victorian-era farmhouses, Neely Mansion was completed in 1894 and remains an iconic symbol of South King County. Built by one of Washington Territory's earliest and most influential pioneer families, the mansion, and the surrounding grounds reflect their legacy and that of the Swiss, Japanese and Filipino tenant farmers who lived there. One of the families built a Japanese-style bathhouse in 1930, the only one of its type remaining in King County.

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

Local residents provided the use of vintage vehicles, and the part of pioneer David Neely, father of the man who built Neely Mansion, will be played by Green Valley Road resident Doug Cross.

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

Visit www.neelymansion.org for more information.

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