Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Morning Hike Highlight: Historic Queen Anne Farm House on Lacamas Lake

When walking the tree-shaded Lacamas Heritage Trail in Camas, Washington we enjoyed a view across the lake of a red Queen Anne style farmhouse listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

It was a bit large for a farmhouse. And the architectural detailing indicated there was some taste and expense involved in the building of the home. We found out that the 2,700 square foot, two-story home is known locally as Pittock House, Lakeside or Leadbetter House.

The imposing lake house was a wedding gift from Henry L. and Georgiana Pittock to their son, Frederick, and bride, Bertha Leadbetter Pittock. Henry L. Pittock owned the Oregonian Newspaper and the La Camas Colony Company, which included the first paper mill on the west coast. There was, indeed, money invested in this lovely home on Lacamas Lake.

It currently is privately owned however, there is some talk of making it a museum. It currently is viewable from the Lacamas Heritage Trail. You can reach the trail by parking in the large Lackamas Lake Park lot (free) at NE Lake Road and NE Everett Street. The trail is 3.5 miles long and is not a loop so you must turn around at the end and re-trace your steps. The house is viewable about mid-way.

Thank you to the All Weather Walkers for including this trail in their year-round map guided walks.

Photography copyright: Elizabeth Rose Photography