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Walking, bus, self-guided bicycle and driving tours

 

Visitors and residents are invited to celebrate Kent’s past. Showcasing local history, the month-long celebration features free special exhibits, bus and walking tours of the city’s oldest homes, businesses and cemeteries. 

Saturday, July 30  
    9AM- 2PM    Greater Kent Historical Society at Kent Farmers Market    
Saturday, August 6

    9AM- 2PM    Greater Kent Historical Society at Kent Farmers Market. 

    10AM-12      Take as stroll with local historian Eric Reitan around historic downtown to hear stories and see photographs of the past.

Sunday, August 7
    1:30PM-4:30PM  Interested in genealogy? Hop on a free bus tour, registration required, to five pioneer and one pet cemetery established in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. 
 Saturday, August 13

       9AM- 2PM    Greater Kent Historical Society at Kent Farmers Market. 

       10AM-12    Take as stroll with local historian Eric Reitan around historic downtown to hear stories and see photographs of the past.

       10AM-4PM   Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center presents Native American storytelling, a traditional cedar basket weaver, Old Time Fiddlers, and work   

                            by local artisans.

 Saturday, August 20

       9AM-3PM     View over 200 classic Fords and Mustangs at the annual Bowen Scarff Ford and Lincoln show.      

       10AM-2PM   Wander through Neely-Soames Historic Homestead and get a glimpse of the way residents lived in 1885.

       10AM-4PM   Visit the nation’s only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing with vintage hydroplanes spanning seven decades.

       10AM-4PM   Enjoy walking tours in the Mill Creek Historic District neighborhood and view turn of the century and great depression era homes kept in character from 72-106 years old.

 

Greater Kent Historical Museum and Mill Creek Neighborhood Historic Home and Garden Walking Tour 

855 E. Smith St. 

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Contact the Greater Kent Historical Museum 253.854.4330 for details.

 

Neely-Soames Historic Homestead Annual Open House

5311 S. 237 Place (along the Green River Trail) 

Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center 

29308 132nd Ave. SE, Auburn 

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Hundreds of objects and photographs detailing the settling of the rugged Soos Creek Plateau, art walk, and entertainment by the Old Time Fiddlers Association 

 

Historic Downtown Walking Tours

Corner of 2nd Ave. N. & Meeker Street 

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 Each walk is limited to the first 25 people

 

Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum

5917 South 196th Street 

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Special free admission this day only to the nation’s primary resource for historical information on hydroplane racing! 

 

Historic Cemeteries Bus Tour

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

A docent will accompany guests on this informative tour of Kent’s historic cemeteries. While the tour is free, registration is required for transportation planning. 

Special thanks to Transdev Transportation for the donate of the bus and driver.

 

29th Annual Classic Ford Show & Mustang Roundup

1157 Central Ave. N., Kent, WA

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Free spectator admission and awards for 40+ classes of cars.

 

 

 

 

 

Experience Historical Kent Bus Tour Registration

Experience Historical Kent Bus Tour Registration

Touring six cemeteries take approximately 2 1/2 hours. 

Register now.

 

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When the City of Kent incorporated in 1890, the population was 763. Kent was the second city in King County to incorporate. 

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