Prairie House Museum
Some years ago, we donated the Overaa family farmhouse to the Spanaway Historical Society. The house dates from the early 1900s and rests on one corner of the cemetery. For many years it had been used as rental housing and was in need of major restoration.
The Historical Society has undertaken the restoration project with enthusiasm and the support of Fir Lane. Events have included charity auctions held in the Fir Lane parking locate with items being donoted by individuals and local businesses.
Tours through the museum regularly are provided for senior citizen groups. But for school children the tours are expanded to include a variety of hands-on experiences such as butter-churning and playing hopscotch.
Recently, the Historical Society restored the farm's old barn, also donated by Fir Lane, so visitors can see the hay loft, milking stations for the cows and a blacksmith shop. Fir Lane's maintenance crewmen donated many hours of assistance while at work and on their own time to help complete the restorations.
The Prairie House Museum was officially dedicated in 1989 and continues to be supported by a Christmas Wreath program sponsored by Fir Lane. Families with loved ones buried at Fir Lane purchase wreaths to be placed on graves during the holidays and proceeds benefit the museum.
Our annual Memorial Day services are held the Sunday before Memorial Day. The public is welcome and encouraged to join us. Please contact our offices for specific date and time.
Each Christmas, Fir Lane Memorial Park in conjunction with the Spanaway Historical Society offers Christmas wreaths for grave placement or personal use. Wreaths may be ordered beginning in November with the proceeds benefiting the Spanaway Historical Society.