The Washington State Square and Folk Dance Federation performs in front of the Neely Mansion during a community celebration – the 125th anniversary of the historic home Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The Washington State Square and Folk Dance Federation performs in front of the Neely Mansion during a community celebration – the 125th anniversary of the historic home Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Splendid landmark

Community comes to celebrate Neely Mansion’s 125th anniversary

  • Sunday, June 23, 2019 12:27pm
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They parted like it was 1899.

Dressed for the Victorian era, they danced, shared tea, conversation and laughter to celebrate a treasured landmark Saturday.

The restored Neely Mansion, a National Historic Site, turned 125 years old. The community – mansion caretakers, historians, civic leaders and guests came to marvel at the well-maintained structure.

Ceremonies honored the five diverse families who lived at mansion, at 12303 Auburn Black Diamond Road, from the Victorian era through the 1980s. The Cascade Foothills Chorale played period music. The Washington State Square and Folk Dance Federation performed.

Refreshments were served and tours of the mansion, gardens, vintage farm equipment and 1930s Japanese bathhouse followed the ceremonies.

Neely Mansion, which stands just outside city limits, was the home and farm of several families dating back to some of the first pioneers to come to the area.

By the 1970s, the well-lived-in home was in a state of massive disrepair, and its caretakers were unable to undertake the task of restoration. That’s when the Neely Mansion Association stepped in, merging with the Auburn Arts Council in 1985 to take ownership of the building and start the years-long process of restoring the mansion to its former glory.

The mansion, built in 1894, has been recognized as a King County Landmark and is listed on the Washington State Register and National Register of Historic Places. According to the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission, Neely Mansion remains a “prominent and impressive structure for a rural farming community” and is “one of the most ornate historic homes in unincorporated King County.”

Learn more at neelymansion.org

Neely Mansion Association board members at the celebration, bottom, from left: Hilda Meryhew, Carol Grimes, Linda Van Nest, Julie Acosta, and Lynne Henke; top, from left, Enumclaw Mayor Jan Molinaro, Karen Meador and Don Holmer. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Neely Mansion Association board members at the celebration, bottom, from left: Hilda Meryhew, Carol Grimes, Linda Van Nest, Julie Acosta, and Lynne Henke; top, from left, Enumclaw Mayor Jan Molinaro, Karen Meador and Don Holmer. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The Cascade Foothills Chorale performs. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The Cascade Foothills Chorale performs. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

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