The Olga History Tour
This is a historic tour lasting approximately 1-hour that guides you through historic Olga Village. Participants in the tour start out at the old strawberry barreling plant which is now the Olga Café and home to the Artworks Cooperative Gallery. The tour start at 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday through September. You will learn how Orcas Island fits into the geologic history of the West Coast of North America, the Native American inhabitants living here for 9000 years before European settlement and William Moore, the first white man to settle on the east side of Orcas Island. The tour guides you from the strawberry barreling plant to the Olga Store, down to the steamboat dock and then back to the gallery.
"The tour is a way to share their rich island history with visitors while providing an opportunity to enjoy the quiet historic village of Olga today," says tour leader Betsy Bartleson.
The tour was created by the Olga strawberry Council and the Orcas Island artworks for the purpose of community enrichment. Admission is $5 and goes towards a stone carved memorial bench dedicated to the memory of Barbara Meyer, one of the founders of Artworks Cooperative Gallery. Call Betsy at 360-376-5974 for more information or reservations.
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