Thursday, October 01, 2009

Oysterville, WA

The top picture is of the historic church in Oysterville. The church is unlocked and inside is a beautiful and tuned piano and pump organ. It says not to play the pump organ...but I did anyway. I played the Stephen Foster song "Hard Times Come Again No More" on both of them. It was written in 1854 (the same year Oysterville was founded) and I found it chronologically appropriate for the building.

Oysterville Church Piano from Drew Christie on Vimeo.

Oysterville Church Pump Organ from Drew Christie on Vimeo.

Oysterville was established in 1854. It was a hub of oyster farming as the name suggests. It was the seat of Pacific County until the seat was relocated to South Bend in 1893.
On February 3, 1893, all of the county records and books were stolen in order to move the county seat from Oysterville to South Bend, Washington. However, it had been agreed upon that the seat would be moved to South Bend. There is a sign telling the story of this incident across from the historical Oysterville school.- Wikipedia