OYSTERVILLE - Folks who have had a hankerin' to take a look at the Oysterville Historic District from "the inside out" will have that opportunity soon. Conducted tours of several homes and other historic buildings will be a featured part of Vintage Oysterville, a fund-raiser for the Oysterville Restoration Foundation to be held on Sept. 15.
Tickets for the event are $25 and entitle the bearer to two separate tours followed by "a light repast of champagne, oysters, and a morsel of chocolate," according to event chairman Sydney Stevens. Among the tour choices will be an old home, a new home, and a home "in transition," as well as a tour of the village and a look behind the scenes at the old cannery building, now the headquarters of Oysterville Sea Farms.
Architect Jack Williams, chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council on Historic Presentation for the State of Washington, will make a brief presentation at the conclusion of the event. Williams was at one time a member of the Oysterville Design Review board, the group responsible for maintaining the architectural guidelines for the Oysterville National Historic District.
Proceeds from Vintage Oysterville will be used toward expenses incurred in the Church Exteriors Project, a two-year effort that has included partial roof replacement, strengthening the foundation, reinforcing the belfry, replacement of dry-rotted siding and structural members and replacement of an original window and installing additional venting. The project was recently completed with the painting of the church.
"Maintaining a 110-year-old building in a coastal climate is an ongoing and expensive commitment and the Oysterville Restoration Foundation has spent $70,000 to complete this project," says Gloria Freshley, past president of the Foundation. "To date, we have raised over $11,000 from individuals and businesses and have received $42,000 in grants to defray the expense."
"It is interesting to note," adds Stevens, "that the total cost for building the church in 1892 was $1,500. "Just the painting of the exterior 110 years later cost more than ten times that amount!"
Vintage Oysterville tickets are on sale at a number of Peninsula establishments including Andersen's R.V. Park, Charles Mulvey Watercolor Gallery, Oysterville Sea Farms, the Oysterville Store and Sweet Williams on the Bay. In order to restrict the size of tour groups, ticket sales will be limited to 125 in total. Event organizers suggest that tickets be purchased in advance. For further information, contact Sydney Stevens at 665-4716.
Information about historic Oysterville - the buildings, the people, even the ghosts - will be included in each of the hour-long tours. The event will begin at the Oysterville School House at 1 p.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m.